…You do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world.

There are times in my life when I wonder why I have been chosen. Being rejected, hated and persecuted are not on my “bucket list”.
But then I realize the honor of having been chosen and my heart rejoices in that fact. Being chosen means Jesus wants to share His life with me. That life will no doubt include occasions of suffering. After all, I am choosing to follow Him who shed His precious blood completely.
Being chosen also means being in mission like Timothy who followed Paul on his missionary travels. Persecution and rejection were present, but never deterred them in their resolve to proclaim Jesus and His saving work.
So as we all journey in this Easter season, I chose again to accept this invitation to follow Jesus with a rejoicing heart. What a privilege to share in this mission of Jesus. Why He chooses me will always remain a mystery. But I humble accept and today and each day, I will seek to proclaim God’s love—that love which gave ALL.
Sr. Arlene Hirsch C.PP.S.