“Exodus’ is at the heart of vocation…our response to the vocation God gives us

 

“’Exodus’ is at the heart of vocation…our response to the vocation God gives us”.

That’s what Pope Francis says in his Message for this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations celebrated Sunday the 26th of April.  Recalling the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt and, “the origins of the amazing love story between God and his people,” Pope Francis calls the faithful to “decisively” turn their lives to the Lord. In his message for this, the 52nd World Day for Vocations, the Pope urges us to “leave behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to centre our life in Jesus Christ” and to embrace the Church’s evangelizing mission in everything we do and everywhere we go.

Pope Francis suggests, “To offer one’s life in mission is possible only if we are able to leave ourselves behind.  On the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like reflect on that particular “exodus” which is the heart of vocation, or better yet, of our response to the vocation God gives us.  When we hear the word “exodus”, we immediately think of the origins of the amazing love story between God and his people, a history which passes through the dramatic period of slavery in Egypt, the calling of Moses, the experience of liberation and the journey toward the Promised Land.  The Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, which recounts these events is a parable of the entire history of salvation, but also of the inner workings of Christian faith.  Passing from the slavery of the old Adam to new life in Christ is a event of redemption which takes place through faith”(Eph 4:22-24).