by Deacon Sam Trujillo www.deaconden.org
“Have you ever wondered why we are here on earth?” …
… What is our purpose for being here? Are we just here to live out our lives and return to earth? Or is there something more beyond this human experience?
As a child I attended parochial schools with the nuns of the parish, and I will always remember what they taught us. They said, “The purpose of life was to know God, to love God, and to serve him”.
Father William McCarthy in his book, Listening to God, says that “The most important thing in life is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ”, and the most important part of that relationship is our communion with him. He lives in our hearts and he speaks to us by his spirit in various ways.
A Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton, said it very beautifully, “Our journey in life is interior, it is a matter of growth, deepening and of greater surrendering of the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it necessary for us to respond to that action”.
Just recently I found an article in a magazine I was reading titled, The Weight of Glory. It said, “Life is full of choices. We decide when to wake up, what we are going to wear, how much to eat, where to go and who to speak with”. Some of these choices are trivial, some are not.
Life has meaning. It is not a series of unrelated events that end when we die. God created us for a purpose. Without God, life has no purpose and without purpose, life has no meaning.
This reminded me of the death of my mother. When my mother died, I was completely devastated. My biggest fear was when they would lower the coffin into the ground. But on the day of the funeral, I was very peaceful and joyful. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. The night of the rosary as I gazed at my mother’s lifeless body, I thought there has to be more to life than coming into the world and dying. There has to be some purpose and meaning to all of this. That evening I was determined to find out what life was all about. After the funeral, I asked the priest if I could speak with him and he said, “Yes and to meet him at the rectory”, which I did. I told him that I wanted to change my life and give my life to God. His response was “If you are going to follow Christ, it is something you will have to do every day, not just once a week on Sunday”. I took his advice and doors began to open for me, which led me to my ordination as a permanent Deacon on March 2, 1975. I definitely found the purpose for my life, and I thank and give praise to my Lord for having called me to this wonderful ministry which has brought me so much gratification to know God, to love him and to serve him. Which are the same words that I heard from the nuns when I was seven years old.
We are not an accident. The Lord tell us, “I am your Creator; you were in my care even before you were born”. (Isaiah 44) Your life is not a mistake of nature. Your parents may not have planned you but God did long before you were conceived by your parents. You were conceived in the mind of God.
O God, you created me for a purpose – a specific task for the Church and humankind. You have always known the work I was cut out for – a work which only I can do, and no other. If I do not accept this work, it will never be done – therefore, I have a job to do. Make clear to me your will and will follow you in whatever this task may be. I know that I can do all things in you, my strength.
Deacon Sam Trujillo