January 10th. “My Way.” Are parents always open to their children being called to serve God in a totally dedicated way? Do they encourage this, allow children to choose their own vocation in life, or expect them to follow a path they have chosen for them? Even though there might be a hope that a child will come into the family business, at this time of the year young people, whenever possible, are starting out to follow their own dream. Parents often make enormous sacrifices to make this possible. Are these sacrifices really appreciated? Where does ubuntu come in here?
Eli understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy and he said, “Go and lie down and if someone calls say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” From Samuel 3:1-10.
Pope Francis: Many people who are unmarried are not only devoted to their own family but often render great service in the group of their friends, in the Church community and in their professional lives. Virginity is a form of love. AL 158-9
At the beginning of a new year in homes, school or parish many dedicated people take up their task of witnessing to their faith and helping others. Witness is an outward expression of faith through worship, teaching and service in ministry to one another and God. The parish priest, deacons, assistant ministers of the Eucharist, of the Word, members of the Parish Pastoral Council, choir, liturgy committee, catechists and teachers all have a recognized form of ministry. Members of different sodalities and many Catholics who work in a voluntary capacity in the community perform acts of service as an expression of their faith. Family members too, as the domestic church, perform the same tasks as they pray, teach and serve each other as bread-winners in the world, home-makers and carrying out their small chores as well as pray and play together. This responsibility starts with Baptism.
The theme of DEDICATION can be incorporated into a Sunday liturgy where all members are asked to re-dedicate themselves.
COMMISSIONING by priest, deacon or pastoral council
I commission you, the People of God, to serve God and one another as you dedicate yourselves to your particular tasks of worship, teaching and service to build up the Kingdom of God. May we build the Church in our homes, the parish and the wider community to be a visible sign of God’s presence in the world. I pledge my support to you as we work together in ministry.
We, the People of God, in our families and the community re-dedicate ourselves to our specific tasks of worship, teaching and service as we work to up God’s kingdom to the best of our ability.
BLESSING. May almighty God, the Father bless you, the Son accompany you and the Holy Spirit inspire and guide you in your tasks ahead. Amen