I was just wondering if anyone could tell me there thoughts on this. I’m considering a vocation to the priesthood, and the bible verse that keeps going through my head is Luke 17:33 “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” I have prospects other than the priesthood, and definitely know that I want to help people, but feel potentially called. Also, " “If any man come to Me and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.". Any thoughts? Thanks!
It means that God calls us to places that we would have never picked ourselves, and that sacrifice is often involved. As someone who spent too much time discerning her vocation, I wouldn’t put too much effort into “discerning.” It is trendy right now, and you should pray for grace and strength for your mission, but ultimately it is a choice that you make.
17:33 “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” We all have dreams for our lives. The trick is to be willing to give it all up, & follow Jesus no matter where he leads us! God knows best how we should spend our lives. Our dreams can be just fantasies that don’t fill up our deepest longings.
“If any man come to Me and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.". GOD wants our total love, and commitment. He doesn’t share 1st place with anyone. that’s my 2 cents. blessings
Haydock’s explanation, citing the Fathers, is far better than mine could ever be:
Behold the great losses that befall such as love their souls above measure; and on the contrary, the advantages that follow from hating them as they ought. (St. Chrysostom, hom. xxxvi.) — That is, he that findeth in this life pleasures and comforts, and places his affections upon them, will certainly soon lose them. For Isaias says, (Chap. xl, ver. 6,) All flesh is grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of the field. The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen. So man’s glory seems to flourish and appears great, but falls away and dies before it has come to its full bloom; for what duration is there in the flesh? and what stability in the pleasures of this world? To-day you may behold a young man, strong, beautiful, healthy, admired, and flourishing in virtue; and to-morrow you will find him quite changed, oppressed with either sin, labour, want, or sickness. (St. Ambrose) — But if he continues moderately happy as to temporal concerns till death, and places his affections on them, he hath found life here, but shall lose it in the next world. But he that shall, for the sake of Christ, deprive himself of the pleasures of this life, shall receive the reward of a hundred fold in the next. (Haydock)
Jesus said, “Leave everything behind and follow me.” That is the beauty of the priesthood in my opinion.
Thank you so much!