Saturday, April 24, 2010

From the desk of Father Paul, April 25, 2010

Today, April 25th, is “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”. It is also Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday, from John, shows Jesus, the Good Shepherd speaking of His sheep: He knows them and He gives them eternal life; they hear His voice and they follow Him. How many of the sheep, Jesus’ flock, are not listening to His voice today? There are many. Recall last week’s Gospel when Jesus gave Peter the opportunity to offset the triple denial. Peter proclaimed his love for Jesus three times. Jesus’ reply to each affirmation was “feed my lambs”, “tend my sheep”, and “feed my sheep”. He then added “follow me”. We all have a role to play in tending and feeding God’s flock, but there is such a great need in the Church today for men and women to commit themselves to Christ in the roles as Priests and Religious. Please pray that more of our young men and women will answer the call of the Holy Spirit and answer the call of Jesus to “follow me”. We should be praying for vocations every day, but please, make this a special day of prayer for vocations. A new website has been set up by the U.S. Bishops for vocations. It will be launched today (April 25th) The website is meant as a resource for those discerning a vocation, parents, educators and youth leaders. Please see the poster on the bulletin board by the sacristy and visit the website.

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