World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion

April 17, 2016, Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100:1-3, 5; Revelation 7:9,14b-17; John 10:27-30

The Risen Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd, Who always guards, guides, and gives life to His flock. We are the sheep of His flock (cf. Ps 100).

For us to receive His care, we must recognize His voice and follow it. Jesus says:

My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of my hand (Jn 10:27-28).

Called by Christ to follow Him, we receive eternal life through faith in Christ and Baptism, as we, in fact, follow Him faithfully to the end. Then, by His grace, we will one day join the multitude of saints in heaven (cf. Rev 7:9ff)!

Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. While in our Parish we regularly pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, today is a special day to unite our prayers with those of our many brothers and sisters in the Church who are praying around the world for this important intention.

What is more, parents, are you encouraging your sons to prayerfully consider the priesthood or religious life and your daughters to consider the consecrated life?

Young people, are you seeking God's will for your life?

Young men, are you asking the Lord Jesus if He wants you to be a priest or a religious brother?

Young women, are you asking the Lord Jesus if He wants you to be a religious sister or a nun?

Give your life to Christ, and you will receive far more in return than you ever could get from the world and on your own! He may very well want you to be the next Mother Teresa or Saint Francis.

May each of us continue to pray for our vocation, married or single, that is, for the state of life in which we are called – and we are all called – to follow Christ as His disciple.

As we continue to follow the Risen Lord, let us rejoice in the new life that He brings us, and share it with others!

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