Today is Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations. As Christians, we are encouraged to foster and pray for vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated life. We are all called to become Good Shepherds of his sheep, that includes, Parents, teachers, Doctors, nurses, caregivers. We are Good Shepherds by loving, caring, spending time with those entrusted to our care at any time.
The bond between a shepherd and their sheep is unique. The sheep get to know the sound of the shepherd’s voice and trust that they will protect them. They quickly learn that they are safe and protected in the ‘sheepfold’ or shed. Jesus uses that same image to explain how his followers should come to him, listen to his voice, trust in his word and then they will have life to the full. He warns that many will come with promises of security that will turn out to be false over time. We are all guilty of listening to ‘other voices’ from time to time and have strayed away from God but only he can lead us to true happiness. He tells us that he is the entry to the sheepfold and that all who want to enter must pass through him.
We continue to pray for vocations. That men and women will be inspired to respond to the Lord’s call to Priesthood or Religious life and choose to devote their lives in his service.