4.5 Koji su primjeri pravih poziva?
Biblija [> 1.10] sadrži mnogo priča o ljudima koje je Bog pozvao [> 4.3]. Jedna poznata priča odnosi se na Mojsijevo zvanje, što je dovelo do oslobađanja čitavog izraelovog naroda od faraonovog tlačenja. Iako je imao oklijevanja, Mojsije je u konačnici učinio ono što je Bog tražio od njega [> 1,24].
Još je poznatiji poziv Marije, kojim je postala Isusovom majkom [> 1,38]. Umjesto da izrazi prigovore kad je od nje zatraženo da surađuje s Božjim planom [> 1,27], Marija se mogla potpuno povjeriti Bogu, možda bez potpunog razumijevanja i neznanja što očekivati.
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How does Mary cooperate in the divine plan of salvation?
By the grace of God Mary was kept free from every personal sin her whole life long. She is the one who is “full of grace” (Luke 1:28), “the all holy”. When the angel announced to her that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32), she freely gave her consent with “the obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5). Mary thus gave herself entirely to the person and work of her Son Jesus, espousing wholeheartedly the divine Will regarding salvation. [CCCC 97]
Was Mary only an instrument of God?
Mary was more than a merely passive instrument of God. The Incarnation of God took place through her active consent as well.
When the angel told her that she would bear “the Son of God”, Mary replied, “Let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). The redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ thus begins with a request by God and the free consent of a human being—and a pregnancy before Mary was married to Joseph. By such an unusual path Mary became for us the “Gate of Salvation”. [Youcat 84]
I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest... I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely. For it remains a mystery, even to myself. How does one explain the ways of God? Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!' There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own. Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest. [Pope John Paul II, Los Angeles, USA, 14 Sept. 1987]