GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
“In our relationship with the Lord we are called to listen to him in the same way that he listens to us, to know him as he knows us. In today’s gospel reading Jesus states, ‘the sheep that belong to me listen to my voice’. Earlier in that same chapter he had said, ‘I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me’. It is only by listening to the Lord, as he listens to us, that we will come to know him, as he knows us. Listening to the Lord, in that deep sense, is an important aspect of what it means to be his follower. Prayerfully listening to the Lord is part of what we are called to do as his disciples”. (Martin Hogan, ‘Reflections on the fourth Sunday of Easter’)
In response to the Church’s call that we should pray for vocations to the Religious Life and Priesthood, let us ask the Lord to speak to us about what we individually and collectively should be doing to foster such vocations.