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Pope Messge

   FORTHE 51stWORLDDAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
                Theme:Vocations,Witness to theTruth

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. The Gospel says that "Jesus went about all the cities and villages... When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest'" (Mt 9:35- 38). These words surprise us, becauseweall know that it is necessary first to plow, sow and cultivate to then, in due time, reap an abundant harvest. Jesus says instead that "the harvest is plentiful". But who did the work to bring about these results? There is only one answer: God. Clearly the field of which Jesus is speaking is humanity, us.And the efficacious action which has borne "much fruit" is the grace of God, that is, communion with Him (cf. Jn 15:5). The prayer which Jesus asks of the Church therefore concerns the need to increase the number of those who serve his Kingdom. Saint Paul, who was one of "God's fellow workers", tirelessly dedicated himself to the cause of the Gospel and the Church. The Apostle, with the awareness of one who has personally experienced how mysterious God's saving willis, and how the initiative of grace is the origin o fevery vocation, reminds the Christians of Corinth: "You are God's field" (1 Cor 3:9). That is why wonder first arises in our hearts over the plentiful harvest which God alone can bestow; then gratitude for a love that always goes before us; and lastly, adoration for the work that he has accomplished, which requires our free consent in acting with him and for him.


2. Many times we have prayed with the words of the Psalmist: "It is he who made us, and we are
his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture" (Ps 100:3); or: "The Lord has chosen
Jacob for himself, Israel as hisownpossession" (Ps 135:4).Andyetweare God's "possession"
not in the sense of a possession that renders us slaves, but rather of a strong bond that unites
us to God and one another, in accord with a covenant that is eternal, "for his steadfast love
endures for ever" (Ps 136). In the account of the calling of the prophet Jeremiah, for example,
God reminds us that he continually watches over each one of us in order that his word may be
accomplished in us. The image is of an almond branch which is the first tree to flower, thus
announcing life's rebirth in the springtime (cf Jer1:11-12). Everything comes from him and is
his gift: the world, life, death, the present, the future, but - the Apostle assures us - "you are
Christ's; and Christ is God's" (1 Cor 3:23). Hence the way of belonging to God is explained:
it comes about through a unique and personal relationship with Jesus, which Baptism confers
on us from the beginning of our rebirth to new life. It is Christ, therefore, who continually
summons us by his word to place our trust in him, loving him "with all the heart, with all the
understanding, and with all the strength" (Mk 12:33). Therefore every vocation, even within
the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to centre one's life on
Christ and on his Gospel. Both in married life and in the forms of religious consecration, as well
as in priestly life,wemust surmount the ways of thinking and acting that do not conform to the
will of God. It is an "exodus that leads us on a journey of adoration of the Lord and of service
to him in our brothers and sisters" (Address to the International Union of Superiors General, 8
May 2013). Therefore, we are all called to adore Christ in our hearts (1 Pet 3:15) in order to
allow ourselves to be touched by the impulse of grace contained in the seed of the word,
which must grow in us and be transformed into concrete service to our neighbour.We need
not be afraid: God follows the work of his hands with passion and skill in every phase of life.
He never abandons us! He has the fulfilment of his plan for us at heart, and yet he wishes to
achieve it with our consent and cooperation.


3. Today too, Jesus lives and walks along the paths of ordinary life in order to draw near to
everyone, beginning with the least, and to heal us of our infirmities and illnesses. I turn now to
those who are well disposed to listen to the voice of Christ that rings out in the Church and to
understand what their own vocation is. I invite you to listen to and follow Jesus, and to allow
yourselves to be transformed interiorly by his words, which "are spirit and life" (Jn 6:62).
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and ours, also says to us: "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5). It will
help you to participate in a communal journey that is able to release the best energies in you
and around you.Avocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that
becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of
itself or lives for itself.Avocation flows from the heart ofGodand blossoms in the good soil of
faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. Did not Jesus say: "By this allmenwillknow
that you aremydisciples, if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:35)?


4. Dear brothers and sisters, this "high standard of ordinary Christian living" (cf John Paul II,
Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, 31) means sometimes going against the tide and
also encountering obstacles, outside ourselves and within ourselves. Jesus himself warns us:
the good seed of God's word is often snatched away by the Evil one, blocked by tribulation,
and choked by worldly cares and temptation (cf Mt 13:19-22).All of these difficulties could
discourage us, making us fall back on seemingly more comfortable paths. However, the true
joy of those who are called consists in believing and experiencing that he, the Lord, is faithful,
and that with him we can walk, be disciples and witnesses of God's love, open our hearts to
great ideals, to great things."We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push
onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!" (Homily at Holy
Mass and the Conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation, 28April 2013). I ask you bishops,
priests, religious, Christian communities and families to orient vocational pastoral planning in
this direction, by accompanying young people on pathways of holiness which, because they
are personal, "call for a genuine 'training in holiness' capable of being adapted to every person's
need. This training must integrate the resources offered to everyone with both the traditional
forms of individual and group assistance, as well as the more recent forms of support offered
in associations and movements recognized by the Church" (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 31).
Let us dispose our hearts therefore to being "good soil", by listening, receiving and living out
the word, and thus bearing fruit. The more we unite ourselves to Jesus through prayer, Sacred
Scripture, the Eucharist, the Sacraments celebrated and lived in the Church and in fraternity,
the more there will grow in us the joy of cooperating with God in the service of the Kingdom
of mercy and truth, of justice and peace.And the harvest will be plentiful, proportionate to the
gracewehave meekly welcomed into our lives.With this wish, and asking you to pray for me,
I cordially impart to you allmyApostolic Blessing.