This Sunday is World Day of Prayer for vocations. The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly celebrate vocations to ordained ministry and religious life in all its forms. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare which means that God calls, we respond. Everyone has a vocation – be it single life, married life, religious life or ordained life. God has a plan for all of us. God has a vocation for all of us, but God doesn’t force his plan on us, rather he gently calls, and we have the freedom to respond to that call, or not to respond. It’s our choice. The prophet Jerimiah articulates this very beautifully:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord”. (Jer 29:11-14)
Through prayer, spiritual accompaniment and guidance from those that truly care for us we come to discern our God given vocation. I have no doubt that God is calling young men to the priesthood in our State, our Archdiocese and maybe even our Parish. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit might stir within us the passion to promote vocations to religious life and the diocesan priesthood. We pray also for those that are called, that they might generously response for the life of the Church and the sanctification of the faithful.