Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 12:19 p.m.
Pope Francis says that when we talk about vocations, we are talking about fulfilling God’s dream.
The Holy Father made the observation in a Message released Thursday for the 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which this year falls on May 8, and has the theme “Called to build the human family.”
The Church observes the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.
In his message, the Pope reminded religious and clergy that they are called: to be protagonists in the mission of the Church; to be stewards of each other and of creation; welcome the gaze of God; respond to the gaze of God; and build a fraternal world.
We are in the heart of God
“As Christians, we not only receive a vocation individually; we are also called together. We are like tiles in a mosaic,” the Pope said.
Each is beautiful on its own, but it’s only when put together that they form a picture. Each of us shines like a star in the heart of God and in the firmament of the universe.
At the same time, he reflected, we are called to form constellations that can guide and illuminate the path of humanity, beginning with the places where we live.
The mystery of the Church, the pope said, is “a celebration of differences,” a “sign and instrument of all that humanity is called to be.”
Each, he insisted, is invaluable for their individual contribution.
Fulfilling God’s Dream
The pope said that when we speak of “vocation”, it is not only a question of choosing this or that way of life, or of devoting one’s life to a certain ministry, or of being attracted by the charism of a religious family, movement or ecclesial community.
It is about realizing God’s dream, the great vision of brotherhood that Jesus cherished when he prayed to the Father “that all may be one”.
The Pope said: “Every vocation in the Church, and in a broader sense in society, contributes to a common objective, namely that of celebrating between men and women that harmony of multiple gifts which cannot be achieved only by the Holy Spirit. ”
God’s purpose for us
Addressing priests, religious, consecrated women and men and the lay faithful, the Pope encouraged everyone to “journey and work together to bear witness to the truth that one great human family united in love n t is not a utopian vision, but the very purpose for which God created us.
The Pope concluded his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with a call to the whole Church to work together, inspired by God’s love.
“Let us pray, brothers and sisters, that the People of God, in the midst of the dramatic events of history, respond more and more to this call,” the Pope said. “Let us implore the light of the Holy Spirit, so that each of us finds his place and gives the best of himself in this great divine project!