Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of
the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession."
~St. Isidore of Seville (seventh century)
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought
redemption to his people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the
house of David his servant, even as he promised through the mouth of his
holy prophets from of old: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all
who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant
and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that,
rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him in
holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
The Seed of Vocation
I. God the Father: Vine Grower
“"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” (John 15:1-4)
Seed: Jesus the Word of God
The seed fallen on the different soils is Jesus himself.”
(JPII, Rožňava, 2003). This is Jesus’ vocation.
Seedbed: The World / The Cross
“Unless the seed fall to the ground and die…” (John 12:23)
Fruit: Redemption -> -> ->ETERNAL LIFE
II Jesus: Sower
“He who sows the good seed is the son of man” (Matt 13:37)
Ι... Iota... Iesous... Jesus
"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your
home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in
her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his
people from their sins."
Χ... Chi... Christos... Christ (annointed)
"John testified to him and cried out, saying, 'This was he of whom I said,
The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me. '
From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while
the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus
Θ... Theta... Theou... God's
"He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter said in
reply, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'"
"Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."
"Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to
the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for
ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."
"Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, 'Jesus
the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.' Now many of the Jews read this
inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and
it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek."