Let us remind ourselves of a few things together. In the treasure of the Gospel, there are preserved the beautiful responses given to the Lord when he called. The reponse of Peter and Andrew, his brother: “Immediately they left their nets and followed him” (Mt 4:20). The response of Levi the publican: “And he left everything, and rose and followed him” (Lk 5:28). The response of the Apostles: “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn 6:68). The response of Saul: “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10)
From the time when the Gospel was first proclaimed right up to our time, a very large number of men and women have given their personal response, their free and deliberate response, to the call of Christ. They have chosen the priesthood, the religious life, life in the missions, as the reason for an ideal of existence. They have served the People of God and humanity, with faith, intelligence, courage and love.
Now it is time for you. It is up to you to respond. Are you afraid, perhaps?
John Paul II
16th World Day of Prayer for Vocations (1979)