Gospel: John 10:27-30
My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal
life. They shall never perish, and no one will ever steal them from me. What my Father has
given me, is greater than all things else. To snatch it out of the Father’s hand, no one is able!
I and the Father are one.”
In the midst of acute shortage of vocations in a country,
one provincial assumes charge and thus addresses his members in his
inaugural homily: “Believe me. There is no shortage of vocations.
There’s plenty. It is all a problem of distribution, not of numbers.” How
true! God does raise up people to tend his sheep; but not always as,
when, and where we want him to! If we care to look around, there are
many youngsters willing to serve. Sadly, how many congregations
have died out in some countries due to the sheer refusal to accept
vocations from other regions of the world! What we need to do is
to adjust our mental lenses, break down the boundaries of tribalistic
thinking, and perceive the Church as one family without borders.
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