“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice.”
Today we celebrate ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ when the Church asks the faithful to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and religious life. The word ‘vocation’ derives from the Latin word ‘to call.’ Those called to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life are the ‘shepherds’ who devote their lives to the spiritual care of people, a vocation which encompasses all that the word ‘care’ denotes.
Jesus likened himself to a shepherd, so as well as remembering those whose calling is to minister the sacraments or guide others in the service of the Lord, we pray too for parents and teachers who guide young people to follow the teaching of Christ, the ‘Good Shepherd.’.
Prayer : Lord, you are the Good Shepherd, lead us in our life’s journey and enable us to follow you.