January 20.   When Percy started working at a call centre the family talked about calls and calling. “In quite a different sense what would it mean to you to feel called, needed, wanted by God?” Dad asked. “Imagine how the twelve men felt when Jesus called them to leave their jobs and come and follow him, go preaching and casting out demons. People are still called in that sense, to a vocation, but there are also some pastors or prophets nowadays who seem to believe they are called by God, but do the weirdest things, eating rats or snakes. How can you be sure they heard God calling? Reflect, share, act, pray.

Scripture.  Jesus called to him those whom he desired and they came to him. He appointed twelve to be with him and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. Mark 3:13-19.  Pope Francis. We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social but rather with one complex crisis which is both. Strategies demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded and at the same time protecting nature. LS 139