Steven hummed along ; at first hesitatingly then whole- heartedly. He loved the angel hymn sung at the end of the service. He liked it here; he told himself and was happy John brought him along to church . John his buddy !
He recalled how he was talked into it...
One evening , these two boys were kicking a ball in the school field when it rained. They darted to the school canteen to shelter from the rain. It was getting dark and the rain got heavier . They didn't like to get soaking wet by running home.
Lightning flashed and the thunder rolled. The two boys huddled
together for warmth and companionship.
It was then that steven noticed that John was the braver of the two:
He asked, " I can't understand it John , I am not as
brave as you are
and I'm from a poor family , more used to be
exposed to the elements."
" Because I have a friend with me . "John jokingly said.
Stev started looking everywhere . " Where 's your friend ,
I don't see him ?"
John replied , " He's Jesus . He's inside my heart."
Steven said , " I have heard a lot about him and I too like to
welcome Him to my heart ."
John said, " Go to church with me and find out!"
And so steven went to church with John that Sunday .
Everything was new to Steven ; the church , its marble floor,
the beautifully carved cross , the polished silvers and clean
linens and sweet flowers . To a humble boy this was like heaven .
Yes , he loved to go to church on Sunday . Besides it's better
than staying at home doing the chores.
So every Sunday saw John and Steven at the church;
One day , came turning point of Steven's life ! There was an intake of good Christian boys to become priests should any of them have the call . Steven's parents thought it a good idea to let Steven get in so as not to be burdened with his education and looking for a job later on . And Steven appied and was accepted and started his life as a seminarian .
As expected he did well and was finally ordained priest .
Steven was a good priest . He liked to help people and could
put up with the worst conditions anywhere at the out- station
churches . He was tiredless in spreading the faith .
John remained his best friend through out his life.
God’s Call is mysterious and unexpected. In fact Jesus chose his first apostles
not from the learned or the rich but the poor and weak fishermen of his time. What is needed is that one
should listen to God’s call and respond to it positively. The voice of God can be heard in the silence of the heart;
when one gives Him a chance to talk. In this story Jesus who dwelt in the silence of John’s heart
was calling Stephen who responded by following John to church. He wasn't frightened to take a new step in his life.
<o:p></o:p>So one need not be afraid but to be sure that whatever she or he is called to
do so or however difficult it may seem, if the Lord is calling, He will give the help and graces necessary to follow him.
And Jesus said unto them, Come yee after me, and
I will make you to become of men. Mark 17-18