Easter Sunday4 (29 Apr 2012)
Ac 4.8-12; Ps 118; 1Jn 3.1-2; Jn 10. 11-18
As good shepherd Jesus is more than a guide. Jesus offers us the life he shares with his Father. We heard him remind us that he is this life’s cornerstone and foundation: This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. What you and I name as resurrection is the measure of God’s love for Jesus, the son; and through him all humans.
Vocation has a particular dimension, too. It applies to each one’s life path: single; married; men and women in consecrated life, who take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience; as well as clergy. All of us are to “stimulate our concern for cultivating this [earth]” on our pilgrimage to the “new earth” awaiting us.4
- Allow yourself to feel recreated by our triune God.
- Ask your patron saint to present you to Jesus.
- Consider your life as it has been, as it is and as you desire it to be; then entrust your life to Jesus and ask him to consecrate it to his service and glory.
- Ask Jesus to enlighten your mind and heart so your personal vocation may invite others to respond to the divine energy risen Jesus reveals in his church.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer, which helps us appreciate better what we are sent into the world to do each day.
- His Message on the occasion of the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
- The title of Chapter 5 of the Decree on the Church (Lumen gentium) of the Second Vatican Council. The chapter devoted itself to following Jesus in daily life.
- The Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church, 43.
- Ibid., 39.
- Ibid., 43.