The Divine Pedagogy of Formation XI - THE FORMEE, “HE-WHO-IS-FROM-GOD”

  • Paul Kalluveettil Little Flower Novitiate, Trichur, Kerala
Keywords: Samuel, Human Freedom


Samuel’s story is unique on account of diverse grounds. It was not he, but his mother who made the choice in advance what and who he should be. This calls into question the logic of human freedom. The biblical answer to this perennial predicament is simple: It is not we who choose God; rather it is God who chooses us (Jn 15:16). We better drop our sense of entitlement and remain humble and grateful. Vocation is both a mystery and a grace. Like an exemplary pupil Samuel made himself totally available to his divine formator. He sprung into action whenever he was asked to and remained silent when was not called for. People with insatiate ego are constantly living in fear. They are afraid of silence and inactivity, fearing that people may utterly forget them. They make noise and wriggle to be in the limelight. The chosen ones should learn to lead solitary and unknown life, if that is the divine design concerning them. Samuel serves as a model for us.