Praying for priestly vocations

In his Message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis explains the rationale of Good Shepherd Sunday.

The Gospel tells us that “Jesus went about all the cities and villages… When he saw the crowds, he was moved with pity, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’”

These words surprise us, because every farmer knows that it is necessary first to plow and sow and cultivate. There is a lot of work before an abundant harvest. But Jesus says instead, “the harvest is plentiful.” So who did the work to bring about these results? There is only one answer: God.

Therefore, when we pray for priests and priestly vocations, we’re really praying for God’s kingdom: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Moreover, I think our Lord wants us to pray for holy priests. A priest who isn’t striving to be holy does great damage to the Church. That’s not just true of priests who do evil. It’s also true of priests who settle for mediocrity. To pray the Lord’s Prayer is to pray for holy priests.

4 Comments

  1. Anne
    May 17, 2014

    Hi Fr John, the harvest is the humanity in pain which needs to be brought back into His Kingdom of love and Mercy. Today we have a harvest that is so huge and yet the response to enter into the harvest is slow and mediocre. Indeed we need to pray The Lord of the Harvest not only to send more laborers but willing and able and faithfilled labourers because we really are 11th hours labourers in the fields of the Lord. Its a great honour to be called in these days we are asked to work with Him in a different way. In they way of our day not the way of the past but in the vineyard of our day.

  2. Simon Hogan
    May 20, 2014

    Hello Fr. John and fellow readers! As this is run by Fr. Corrigan it wouldn’t be right not to mention about jumps racing! Just look up Tom Corrigan! There are two jumps races tomorrow at Sandown. Race 1no5 and Race 2no1. There is early start the first race is on 10.55! It’s ten races on the card! I will admit Sandown is the home of the Corrigan dip! Also coming up this Sunday is the Casterton Cup but they are famous for their steeplechase! It’s worth a look on TV or get track to see it! Happy Punting from Simon the Pieman.

  3. Simon Hogan
    May 30, 2014

    Well big jumps racing at Sandown tomorrow! Australian Steeplechase and Hurdle are on my tips Cats Fun and one of Eric Musgrove runner!
    This is only city Saturday meeting that have jumps racing the rest or Sunday or Wednesday!
    Well someone who loves jumps racing was born 150 years ago on Feburary 17th. Unfortantely this home state doesn’t have jumps racing in New South Wales. He was born near Oragne!
    Sandow next year will celebrate it’s 50 years next year! They a dip on the track called Corrigan dip named after the late jumps jockey Tom Corrigan. Their is also street name after him walking distance from the track!
    Now Eagle Farm in Brisbane big carnival is on too. Queensland Oaks and other big races.
    On Sunday closer to some people homes we have Royal Hamilton and Ballarat races. Hamilton will have some jumps and Highweights for the jumps jockeys on the flat.
    Ballarat track has new suftace so we wait see how it goes!
    Now I am guessing we might get some soccer updates next month from Joel if his not too busy! The World Cup starts June 19th!
    These photos are Sandown and the Royal Hamilton grandstand! I must add Sandown has motor racing there too and on the opposite side of railway line there is a greyhound track too. They don’t have the car racing and the gallops at the same time.
    Ok here some tips for Sandown
    Race 1No9 Race2No10 Race 5No8 Race7No9 Race8No2and 10 All each way Happy Weekend too all and Happy Punting from Simon the Pieman.

  4. Simon Hogan
    May 30, 2014

    This is Corrigan Dip I think