Skip to comments.Regina Caeli: Ask Jesus what he wants from you (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 04/21/2013 5:19:18 AM PDT by NYer
(Vatican Radio) Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of Pope Francis Regina Caeli address this Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
Dear brothers and sisters,
Fourth Sunday of Easter is characterized by the Gospel of the Good Shepherd - in the tenth chapter of St. John which we read every year. Todays passage contains these words of Jesus: " My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Fathers hand. The Father and I are one"(10.27 to 30).These four verses contain Jesus entire message, the core of His Gospel: He calls us to participate in His relationship with the Father, and this is eternal life.
Jesus wants to establish a relationship with his friends that is a reflection of His relationship with the Father, a relationship of mutual belonging in full trust, in intimate communion. To express this deep understanding, this relationship of friendship Jesus uses the image of the shepherd with his sheep: he calls them, and they know his voice, they respond to his call and follow him. How beautiful this parable is! The mystery of the voice is suggestive: from our mother's womb we learn to recognize her voice and that of our father, from the tone of a voice we perceive love or disdain, affection or coldness. The voice of Jesus is unique! If we learn to distinguish it, He guides us on the path of life, a path that goes beyond the abyss of death.
But at a certain point Jesus, referring to his sheep, says: "My Father, who has given them to me..." (Jn 10,29). This is very important, it is a profound mystery, that is not easy to understand: if I feel attracted to Jesus, if his voice warms my heart, it is thanks to God the Father, who has put in me the desire of love, of truth, life, beauty ... and Jesus is all this to the full! This helps us to understand the mystery of vocation, particularly the call to a special consecration. Sometimes Jesus calls us, invites us to follow him, but maybe we dont realize that it is Him, just like young Samuel. There are many young people today, here in the square. There are many of you! So many of you young people present today in the square!
I would like to ask you: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord which through a desire, a certain restlessness, invites you to follow Him more closely? Have you heard it? I cant hear you there you are! Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus? Youth must spend itself for high ideals. Do you think so? Do you agree? Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave! Be brave, ask Him!!! Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community ... That's why Jesus said, "Pray the Lord of the harvest - that is, God the Father - to send out laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38). The vocations are born in prayer and from prayer, and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit. I like to underline this today, the "World Day of Prayer for Vocations." We pray especially for the new priests of the Diocese of Rome, whom I had the joy of ordaining this morning. And we invoke the intercession of Mary. Today there were 10 young men who have said "yes" to Jesus and were ordained priests this morning ... This is beautiful! Let us invoke the intercession of Mary who is the woman who said "yes." Mary said "yes," all her life! She has learned to recognize the voice of Jesus since she bore him in her womb. Mary, Our Mother, help us to know better the voice of Jesus and follow it, to walk the path of life!
Thank you so much for your greeting, but let us also proclaim Jesus loudly... Let us all pray together to the Virgin Mary.
Beautiful words. No doubt, some in the square who have been pondering a vocation will take up that discernment more fervently because of the Holy Father’s invitation.
Today our our church (not Catholic), we’re having a “Ministry Fair”. The pastor wants EVERYONE to be involved in one way or another in the church. The Staff believes everyone in the church should have a primary ministry (choir, Sunday School teacher, Usher, Small Group leader, Visitation, Prayer, etc.) while having a Secondary ministry (one of these, fill-in for one of these, or support). This not only makes the church grow and more involved in the community, but it takes a lot of the load off the Pastor and his assistants.
My parish holds similar events, with the aim of having as many people helping as possible.
This is a great thing. The more we are involved, the more we are doing the work of God.
I am the chair of our Ministry Fair, which we schedule with a pancake breakfast cooked by the Knights of Columbus — we have a huge crowd. Even have cheese and wine tasting after the Saturday evening Mass to draw people out.
I believe the last time they did a count (since we are building a new church) was that there are over 100 ministries with over 280 meetings per week. They finally had to have a staff member take charge of the calendaring.
Oops, I just realized that the 280 meetings figure was a monthly figure.
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