The famous German theologian Karl Rahner says that today’s Christian will be a mystic, or not at all. Mysticism invites us to prayer, meditation and contemplation. As Buddhist monk Pema Chödrön states, “The truth sinks in like rain into very hard earth. The rain is very gentle, and we soften up slowly at our own speed”.

Ordination is not a call to a new job. It is a commitment to letting the rain of God’s grace soften the very hard earth of one’s heart. We contemplate, we mediate, we respond to the Holy Spirit’s call to action. Just as Jesus called the apostles, so are we called to live in this world in a radically different way. This radical way is to live with our heads held high as sons and daughters of God, co-creating a world that is the kingdom of God.