You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. Love God in all you think, do and say. God calls
us to a vocation of love, firstly with Him and then with each other.
As another school year comes to an end, a lot of young people will be preparing to choose a vocation in life. Some will be wise and seek advice from parents, teachers or people who
have travelled the road they are about to embark on. On the other hand a lot of young people aimlessly drift into something they have not really thought about: It's something to do. But what if they don't like it; or things go terribly wrong for them.
I bless Yahweh who is my counsellor,
Even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep Yahweh before me always,
For with him at my right hand, nothing can shake me.
Jesus Christ had a vocation in His life here on earth. It was to make reparation to God for wounds inflicted by fallen nature. He was to become our Saviour; the one who would restore our relationship with God the Father in Heaven. This vocation was borne
out of love, made from free choice. Our Blessed Lady also had a vocation as did St. Joseph. Theirs was also a vocation of love and again it was their choice, their 'Yes' to God, to be loving parents to His Son, Jesus Christ. The saints were also called to
a vocation of great sanctity, to be lights for the Church. Again, a vocation not lightly chosen but one fostered in the heart of love, rooted and founded in God.
The vocation to the religious life is one that is planted in the heart by the love of God.
It is His calling and the answer of a free will and heart of love. Vocation to the married life is another vocation, a life of self giving and sacrifice and again has its origins in love.
The choice of career that a young person chooses should be rooted
in love because otherwise it will only be a chore and a burden to them. Vocation is truly a call to love and since God is the source of all love, all vocations are a call from God. There are other ways people choose in life, other paths they travel but these
may not be rooted and founded in love but rather in ambition, greed and selfish motives and far removed from God.
How does one choose
Free will is God's gift to mankind. He does not impose His will on us but invites us to choose.
This gift of free will can be a dangerous weapon if not carefully and lovingly used as many people have found out to their cost.
Asking God in prayer what he thinks would be right for one's life is the best starting point, as He, our Creator, knows
what is best for us. Being open to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and sound advice from wise individuals would certainly help a young person.
On the part of a parent, allowing the young person space to freely choose, and being a support
to them when they do, will help them immensely. How many young people in the past were told what to do and not allowed their free will to choose?
In every major action that Jesus Christ did, He went away to pray quietly.
Our Blessed Lady also sought God's will through prayer. The Saints spent much time in prayer. Our Grandparents, parents, family and friends also prayed. If Jesus Christ, God made man, knew his need of prayer to His Father while he was here on earth, how much
more do we mere mortals need to pray?
Here is a prayer most of us know and one that was used by Jesus Himself. It is the only prayer that any of us need to say as it asks God for all our needs.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
This month let us pray for all young people around
the world who are starting out in life, trying to discover what path to follow.