...True peace, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” that guards our “hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV) comes only when we are faithful to our personal vocations.
As the Mother of God is for the fearful citizens of Constantinople, we, you, me, can be for all those we meet. But this is only possible if--like the Virgin Mary--I hear the word of God “and keep it.”
Working together doesn’t mean I tell you what to do or you tell me what today. Rather, we are to help each other pursue the work God has called each of us to accomplish in this life.
The problem, to put it directly, isn’t that I love father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, house, work, country or myself but that I fail to love them all. What I must give up to follow Jesus are my selfish illusions about life. I must give up the comforting half-truths I tell myself to avoid accepting responsibility for my actions.
The task given to the disciples on that first Pentecost is given to us today. Their vocation, their calling, is ours as well.