Vocation Meditation - <br />July 4, 2010 > Vocations.ca

Vocation Meditation -
July 4, 2010

"The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few, therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."

When Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs to prepare each community for his coming, he was training them on how to connect with people, to invite them to hear the Good News and to meet Jesus, the source of this. Evangelization can be a risky business and Jesus cautioned them, "See I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves..." He insisted that they carry no security like money, extra clothes or sandals, but to rely on the local hospitality offered them in return for their work of announcing the kingdom of God, and curing the sick brought to them.

All Christians are baptized into the mission of Jesus and called to give witness to the Kingdom of God made alive among us, by our good deeds, compassion for others, forgiveness and readiness to advocate for peace and justice. Often these are done through daily acts of kindness, of caring for others in need. This is what builds the body of Christ and reflects the Kingdom of God growing and changing the world.

God also calls some to dedicate their lives totally to the service of the Gospel, as religious women and men for apostolic ministry or in monastic communities, diocesan priests, and in other forms of Christian commitment in the Church such as a consecrated single life. Have you ever felt the desire to consider a vocation to one of these ways?

Prayer: O' God, help me to know clearly how you want me to live my life in service of the Gospel. Guide me through my prayer, and the people of faith whom I can trust, to help me discern what is also my heart's greatest desire, that I may live generously my life in service of your Kingdom.

For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.

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