The seminarian knelt upon the chancel steps anticipating the moment ahead. A life spent studying the Holy Scriptures, one filled with encouragement from family and teachers, suddenly reaches the moment of ordination. Not all are called to serve in this way, but God has chosen this one. Through the laying on of hands, the Holy Spirit equips, empowers and calls the shepherd chosen to lead God’s people.
Giving thanks for those who raised young Timothy in faith, Paul reminds Timothy of the power with which God has blessed him. He is to be an example of faith. Through him our Lord will work wonders. He will preach God’s Word, preside at God’s table, and fan into flames the faith of those whom he loves. However, ordination is not required for all who serve the Church.
Again, the confirmand knelt upon the chancel steps anticipating the moment ahead. She has spent three years studying with her pastor. Parents encouraged her, modeling a life in Christ. They placed the scriptures in her hands, brought her to worship and taught her to fear and love God. Through prayer and the laying on of her pastor’s hands, this same Holy Spirit stirs her faith to action. She believes, and filled with the power of God’s love, she too is called to share her faith. For such is the vocation of all Christians.
Lead us in faith, O God, that we might be a powerful witness to your truth and love. Amen.