Friday, April 27, 2012
by Sister Laura Zelten
Fifty years ago on Good Shepherd Sunday I made my First Communion. I would have never thought 50 years later that the Eucharist would be central to my life. What a gift to receive Jesus in body and blood.
For nearly 50 years (49 to be exact) our Church has celebrated World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Good Shepherd Sunday. It was Pope Paul VI who designated Good Shepherd Sunday as the day for the universal church to pray for all Christian vocations.
As we celebrate this feast we pray for fidelity to our vocation. The Church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at Baptism. Through the vocation of marriage, priesthood, consecrated life, diaconate, and the single life may we further the reign of God. May those who are discerning their life choice listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd to guide them. I know in my life the Good Shepherd has protected me and guided me in paths that I would have never chosen for myself. May we as a Church pray for all who are receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. May they be open to hearing the Good Shepherd call them by name.
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