I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me

(John 10:14)

The 4th Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel reading where Christ reveals Himself to be the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. On this day, we celebrate the gift of the vocation of the ordained priesthood, through which Christ continues His shepherding work of love in the world today.

 

As an extension of this celebration, we seminarians will be going out to various parishes over the upcoming weekend to share our vocation stores. It is our prayer that young men whom the Lord is calling to the ordained priesthood may respond generously and fearlessly to this gift that the loving Father has placed deep in their hearts.

 

More than ever, true shepherds of Jesus are needed to guard the flock of God who are increasingly scattered amidst the deceptions of the world and the evil one. Because he has lost God, man has lost himself; because he has lost himself, man has lost all bearings in life, and even life itself. Nonetheless, we are certain in hope that God continues to raise new shepherds in the image and likeness of His Son to lead man back to Him.

 

Let us pray unceasingly as a Church so that His will may be done.

 

Lord Jesus, as once you called the first disciples and made them fishers of men, continue to let resound today Your sweet invitation: “Come and follow me.”

Grant to men and women in our day the grace and trust to respond to Your voice.

Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work.

Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those living a life of total consecration to Your service.

Enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal.

Send, Lord, workers into Your fields to feed and guide Your flock as Good Shepherds in imitation of You.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations,help us to say “Yes” to the Lord who calls each one of us to play our part in His plan of salvation.

Amen.

– Prayer for Vocations by Pope John Paul II