Posted by: livingscripture | May 7, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 7, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me. (John 10: 14)

How shall I live this Word?

The Fourth Sunday of Eastertide is the time dedicated to prayer for vocations.  As always, this seems to be vocations of special consecration, priests and consecrated persons, men and women.  But the message that Pope Francis gives to the day and to prayer is of a universal dimension.  He puts himself on the side of the Shepherd who is good and beautiful in today’s Gospel; who knows all His sheep and is known by them.  It is only within this special rapport, this relationship with Christ that it makes sense to speak of vocation.  To recognize and be recognized by God, the Father, the Son is the meaning of vocation: a reciprocal call, accepted and corresponded with.  This relationship creates a space where the Holy Spirit comes to dwell and the person participates in it, expresses this experience in other spaces as well, in other places where they live and work.  Even more, the person feels sent  to live in those places so that others may recognize God.  It is played out in living relationships that vivify and generate meaning, and hope, life, joy…in love!

This is how we understand that being a missionary is not merely being philanthropic.  It does not depend on us, on our will to go and to save those less fortunate than us.  It is born of being sent, that is put into motion by an excess of love.  It is not reserved for only a few chosen people, but it is the movement impressed on the life of every Christian: those who are married, consecrated, single without any particular belonging, of everyone.

Lord, let today be the feast of everyone’s vocation.  Let it be the day in which prayers are raised up to You so that each one may discover this vocation in themselves: to be in You, indwelled by You, sent by You, so that everyone might have life in abundance!

The Voice of Pope Francis in his Discourse for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 Thus, the missionary commitment is not something that is added to Christian life, like an ornament.  On the contrary, it is situated in the heart of the faith itself: the relationship with the Lord implies being sent into the world as prophets of His Word and witnesses of His Love.

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