Today we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday which in 1963 Pope Paul VI designated as “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, protects us as his flock and promises us the gift of eternal life. The Church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at baptism. May we who have dedicated our lives to God through the vocation of marriage, priesthood, diaconate, consecrated life, and the single life remain faithful to our commitments. May those who are discerning their life’s vocation listen to the grace of God to guide them. The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). “. Let us pray for all who are discerning their vocation in life at this time that they may follow the Lord’s call to them and respond in generosity and happiness.
Pat Schifini, OSU