14 And to the angel of the church of Laodicea, write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God:
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot.
16 But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance.
20 Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.
Each person is called to do something in the world as a lay person.
Each one of us has a particular role to play in the world.
The world is made up of large and small worlds.
Iowa is a small world. The Midwest is a small world of provincialism which has wonderful points of goodness and areas of not-so-goodness. Some people are called to the Midwest world. It is a great place to raise a family.
Many people over the years have left Iowa. Iowans raise highly intelligent children who move away.
Fr. Z is a Midwesterner who has been called to the larger world of the entire globe. He is truly an international star, even though his roots came out of the Midwest.
Now, one does not have to be a "star" but one has to fulfill one's vocation in the small or the large.
Some of us work better in the large and some of us work better in the small.
God called His saints to the large and to the small worlds.
Some think Our Blessed Virgin had a small world. She did not. She not only had to travel to Egypt and back again, but to Bethlehem, to Jerusalem and finally out of the Holy Land entirely to Ephesus.
St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was called to the large, and St. Faustina was called to the small.
There is no "good" or "bad" about the small and the large.
One of my best friends has only lived in two places in her entire life. She has been called to the small. She is a gem.
Another one of my friends travels yearly to Europe. She has been called to the large. She is a gem.
We are all called to do something and somewhere. Pray for guidance in your own vocation. God created you to do something special and it may be quietly in the small or quietly in the large, or loudly in the small and loudly in the large.
What is to be avoided is settling for the mediocre. Christ calls us out on this one.