World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 29, 2012
(A few words from our Vocation Director, Fr. Brian Barr)
A few weeks back Tim Tebow made the news on a Sunday morning and it had nothing to do with football. He was invited to deliver the Easter sermon at a Christian church in Austin, Texas. In his homily, he said the following, “ whatever happens in life, good or bad, hero or the heel, whether you like it or not, know that someone has a plan for you and it’s a special plan.” While his message was simple, he spoke an important truth. He challenged his listeners to consider the fact that we are all subjects of a divine plan. Whenever we speak the words of the Lord’s Prayer, we ask that God’s will be done in our lives. Not necessarily the will of our families or friends, not even our own will, but that of God’s. While God’s will for each of us is often unclear and frequently challenging, we also know that, ultimately, it is in saying “yes” to His plan that we encounter meaning and fulfillment. On April 29th, the Church will celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In setting aside this 4th Sunday of Easter, all are asked to consider that “special plan” which Tim Tebow referenced in Texas. We’re challenged to consider the question of our own obedience to God’s will in our lives. When I ask in prayer “thy will be done”, do I really mean it? Do I put God’s desires before my own? On Good Shepherd Sunday the Church challenges us all to honestly consider how we respond to those four important words. On the 29th, please pray, in a particular way, for young people. Pray that they be open to the possibility that God could be calling them to the priesthood or religious life.
Please take a moment and consider some of the young people you know, particularly those with a sense of faith and a desire to serve. Ask them to consider and pray about that “special plan.”
The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated on 29 April 2012, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, prompts us to meditate on the theme: Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.
The source of every perfect gift is God who is Love – Deus caritas est: “Whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him” (1 Jn 4:16). Sacred Scripture tells the story of this original bond between God and man, which precedes creation itself. Writing to the Christians of the city of Ephesus, Saint Paul raises a hymn of gratitude and praise to the Father who, with infinite benevolence, in the course of the centuries accomplishes his universal plan of salvation, which is a plan of love. In his Son Jesus – Paul states – “he chose us, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him in love” (Eph 1:4). We are loved by God even “before” we come into existence! Moved solely by his unconditional love, he created us “not … out of existing things” (cf. 2 Macc 7:28), to bring us into full communion with Him.