03 May Vocations Sunday 2020
How does one celebrate Vocations Sunday in the midst of a global pandemic, when our churches are closed and the country is in lockdown? And yet, it may be that vocations are being celebrated now as never before. We have all been made vividly aware of the special vocation of health care workers nursing the nation through this epidemic. Key workers who are keeping things functioning for us find that their jobs have become a vocation of essential service. Many of those ‘staying home’ have felt themselves called to help and support others, as volunteers or simply as good neighbours. Some have heard a call to ease the restrictions of lockdown for other people by offering entertainment, education or inspiration. Some others have heard, in our quietened lifestyle, a call to live more interiorly, more reflectively, making greater space for God in their days. Perhaps a call to priesthood or religious life that has murmured in the background of some busy lives for too long is now being listened to.
We pray that each one’s sense of vocation, however it is experienced, will endure beyond these unusual times, when Christ the Good Shepherd will lead his flock into fresh pastures with renewed opportunities to follow his call.