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A Scripture Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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by Micala Smith | May 7, 2017

A Scripture Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2017: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Ps 23:1-2a, 3b-4, 5, 6; 1 Pt 2:20b-25; Jn 10:1-10

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” These closing words of today’s Gospel ring out this Sunday, which also happens to be the World Day of Prayer for Vocation. Jesus speaks to us in a parable in today’s gospel, using a metaphor in which He is the gate through which we, the sheep, must enter in order to receive the fullness of redemption He won for us on Calvary. Though we remain in the glory of the Easter season, surely the intensity and solemn nature of Jesus’ passion and death are not far from our minds and hearts.

In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, it is Peter who reminds us that, “God has made both Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified.” This is not something to take lightly, so naturally when Peter says this, those whom he is speaking to question, “What are we to do...?” It is important for us to pause and ask that same question of ourselves – what is it that God is calling us to do? In the light of Christ’s Resurrection, knowing that we are saved by His wounds, knowing that His love is our saving grace, knowing that He suffered for our sins and faults, what are we to do? Well here’s one suggestion: On this World Day of Prayer for Vocation, I propose taking some extra time to pray for the vocation God is calling us to, and to pray in a special way for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life within the Church. While each and every vocation is a true gift from God, the Church focuses its attention this Sunday on vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life, secular institutes, and missionary life. These vocations add such richness to our Church and to the world. They can help guide and lead us to encounter the gate Jesus speaks of in today’s Gospel, the gate being Christ Himself! By emptying themselves completely to the will of God, those men and women who commit themselves to the priesthood or religious life follow in the footsteps of Christ. Let us keep them in our prayers this day and every day, and let us also consider how God might be calling us. Are we living out our vocation as fully as we can right now? Could God be calling us to something more? Open your heart to the Spirit of the Lord, praying for discernment and openness, for in doing so we will encounter what it means to have life more abundantly, as Christ desires for us!

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Micala Smith

Micala participated in Catholics on Call in 2014. She is a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a degree in Religious Studies. She is pursuing a career in medicine and is interested in women’s health and pediatrics. 

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