Friday, April 19, 2013
April 21 is the 50th anniversary of World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It was established by Pope Paul VI who designated Good Shepherd Sunday for this day of prayer.
As you and I know, Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He protects his flock and he promises us the gift of eternal life. (John 10:11) As his followers, we are asked to do the same for others. The Church encourages us to serve the flock by living to the fullest our respective vocation whether as priest, vowed religious, married or single.
More than ever, our world needs to know the love of the Good Shepherd, to hear his voice, and to be led in his ways. Are we willing to carry on the mission of Jesus and give our lives for others? This call to serve is for every Christian. Today we pray for the whole Church and ask God to bless each of us in our chosen vocation. May each of us continue the work of the Good Shepherd with our lives. Together may we foster vocations for the life of the Church.
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