“The harvest is good but laborers are scarce. Beg the harvest Master to send out laborers to gather His harvest.” ~ Matthew 9:37-38
This week, November 4 – 10, the Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. It is from our Lord Himself that we need to derive our first plan of action when faced with a need for more priestly and religious vocations: prayer! The effectiveness of all vocation work is based upon the foundation of prayer. Without the basis of heroic prayer, all other labor in the field of increasing vocations is useless. By obeying the mandate of Christ to pray for more vocations, we are seeking more laborers in the manner our Lord requested. Obedience to God’s will always brings about a fruitful result.
So may we all pray fervently as we ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.