Vocation is about “making God’s dream come true.” Pope Francis.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on April 30, 2023. Every year it falls on Good Shepherd Sunday. We see in Jesus, the Good shepherd, the heart of every calling. Everyone is called, and everyone has a vocation in the Church.
The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfil the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).
“No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people.” Pope Francis.
Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14, 36-41 God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.
Ps 22: 1-6, 5 R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
1 Pet 2:20-25 You had gone astray but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia.
John 10:1-10 I am the gate of the sheepfold.
Reflect on the Scriptures
Homily Studio podcast for a 30-minute conversation about the scriptures for the fourth Sunday of Easter HERE
Prayer of the Faithful
Invocation: E te Ariki … Response: Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou
For young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. E te Ariki …
For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them and respond with open and generous hearts. E te Ariki …
This is National Vocations Awareness Week 30 April to 6 May 2023
Seeking more information about a vocation to the priesthood?
Visit your Diocesan Office website for more information.
Where else can I find out more?
You may find this website helpful Vocation Ministry
World Day of Prayer for Vocations HERE