In the long line of faith ancestors, God chose many people, prophets and kings, as Paul eloquently speaks of in today’s first reading.

Wanting to be chosen, to be recognized for our abilities, character and “lovability” is an innate part of who we are. Jesus says in today’s gospel, “I know those whom I have chosen.” For the most part, we fail to realize that we are God’s chosen. God knows our name, our abilities, strengths and weaknesses. God knows us better than we know ourselves. Do we believe it?

How can I better recognize and nurture that close relationship with God? How does God want to use my unique qualities to spread God’s Spirit in my life today?

—Marge Sears is a writer and parishioner at Gesu Parish, Detroit MI.