Jesus calls us to one mission through many ministries
by Sister Laura Zelten
The Church dedicates the Fourth Sunday of Easter to the Feast of the Good Shepherd, a day of worldwide prayer for vocations. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows us and is willing to lay down his life for us. Through Jesus, God lavishes us with love and calls us to follow. The Church now encourages us, as Jesus’ followers, to serve the flock by living to the fullest our chosen vocation, whether as religious, married or single persons.
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 service is for every baptized Christian. On Sunday, we will pray with the whole Church in asking God to bless us in our chosen vocation. The Universal Church continues to pray for men and women discerning a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life and the diaconate. May they hear the voice of Jesus and respond generously by freely giving their lives in service to the Church. May we continue the work of the Good Shepherd with our lives. Let us open our hearts to the call of discipleship through which we serve one another.