talk about the shortage of vocations. We wonder about a time when
hundreds joined religious life every year. This brings up all sorts of
questions about the future
of the church. Today, Vocations Sunday is not about priesthood only,
or religious life. The first big moment of vocation is baptism The
anointing of chrism is the anointing of vocation.
Witness, Love and Service.
The baptismal vocation is for Witness, Love and Service.
This will be expressed in ways in which people take on their baptism.
In Married life, single life - within the single life, religious life,
- to our faith, the love of God. To the life and the values of Jesus
in our lives. Teaching is not itself a vocation for example but the way
we teach is a way of living out our vocation.
- the ordinary relationships of life. In the special promise of
marriage, in family and in friendship. Any love is a sharing in the
love of God and a sharing of the love of God. In the moments of
unselfish love in any relationship we are living out the vocation. When
you love, you are
doing God’s will!
- the wider world. Love of the poorer world, here and elsewhere. A way
of welcoming the stranger. Christian love doesn’t always mean knowing a
person. We want to make the lives of all deserving of the name human.
Lord, be with me as I offer myself in partnership with you to work in your world.
Donal Neary SJ.