What is it that God want of us? A simple answer might be that we are called to know, to love and to serve God. A better answer to this question is found in the mystery of our individual lives. Our answer only unfolds when we begin to respond to God’s call. Today we come before Him asking for the grace and courage to answer His call. St John Henry Newman wrote this beautiful prayer as his answer to the question of what God want of him; perhaps it can help us answer the same question.
God has created me for some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have a mission. I may never know exactly what that mission is in this life. I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for nothing. I shall do good. I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, even if I do not realize what I am doing. But, if I keep His commandments, I will serve Him in my calling.
… Your servant is listening.