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Gospel Reflection for 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B, April 22nd 2018 – Vocation Sunday
Central to our baptism is our vocation. All of us are called to be partners with God in Jesus Christ in the saving of the world.
Today we pray that the church, that is all of us, may want to serve the Lord. A particular prayer is that some young people may respond in priesthood or religious life. But this Sunday is to refresh and celebrate our common vocation. Our primary vocation is the call to follow and serve Christ in Baptism.
We are called to love in priesthood, single life, religious life, marriage. All called to do the best we can for God in our lives.
To the young there is a question today – can you wonder how you can make a difference to the world; think of generosity in making your decisions? Can you get to know Jesus and follow him?
Every age has its way of following, and especially serving where human needs are greatest. This is among people today outside the ordinary who need our care – migrants, homeless, situations of suicide, people lost, lonely, and the elderly, who are often lonely and neglected. The call today is to find out in the larger world who are neglected and go there.
Baptism is a privilege not a burden. We are to enjoy that we are called by God, to pray, to love and to serve.
This is our faith, the faith of the church and we are proud to profess it.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine