A teaching by R. Menahem Mendel of Kotzk, from Ohel Torah, Parshat Kedoshim.
קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם You shall be holy, for I the L!RD your G!d am holy. Leviticus 19:2
The call to holiness is an invitation, for the word kedushah also means being ready. So this verse means, “Be vessels, prepared and ready to receive.” For I the LORD your God am always ready to redeem you; for your part, simply be ready to receive.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses — four very different people, with different ways of serving. But what each had in common was that when called, they all responded, Hineini, “Here I am, ready and willing.” To me, this piece by the Kotzker speaks to this necessary and fundamental aspect of a spiritual life — to always be open, ready to receive whatever invitation God sends us.