Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading; it is the call of the prophet Jeremiah: ‘The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord”’.

St Paul also writes about our call in his Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him’. This is not a prophetic call, which is a distinctive vocation, but it is nevertheless a reminder that, before we are even born, God has a destiny for us. ‘I am with you’, He says. May we trust His presence and His call to each one of us, and may God bless you.