The Fourth Sunday of Easter, 25 April 2010, is also called “Good Shepherd Sunday”. It is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations when all the believers are invited to reflect on the meaning of God’s call to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The theme for this 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations is “Witness Awakens Vocations”.
The evangelists Luke and Matthew speak of the compassion of Jesus, looking at the crowds, “tired and abandoned like sheep without a shepherd” when they quote the words of the Master. “The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the Harvest to send LABOURERS to gather in his harvest.” (Mt 9:35, Lk 10:2)
In the context of this Gospel’s message, the Harvest is humanity waiting to receive the good news, and the Labourers are those who, chosen by God, commit their lives to bringing the saving and healing message of Christ to all people.
Never before has there been such a great need for vocations, for “labourers according to God’s Heart”. The solution which Jesus himself has given us: The harvest is abundant… the labourers are few… Therefore PRAY.
So let us join together with all the believers to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send numerous vocations. We pray especially for all young people of our parish who are making lifetime choices at this time. We also include all the priests and their welfare and holiness in their ministry.