Just as he did during his earthly existence, so today the risen Jesus walks along the streets of our life
and sees us immersed in our activities, with all our desires and our needs.
In the midst of our everyday circumstances he continues to speak to us;
he calls us to live our life with him, for only he is capable of satisfying our thirst for hope.
He lives now among the community of disciples that is the Church, and still today calls people
to follow him. The call can come at any moment. Today too, Jesus continues to say,
“Come, follow me” (Mk 10:21).

Accepting his invitation means no longer choosing our own path. Following him means immersing our own will in the will of Jesus, truly giving him priority, giving him pride of place in every area
of our lives: in the family, at work, in our personal interests, in ourselves. It means handing over
our very lives to Him, living in profound intimacy with Him, entering through Him into
communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit, and consequently with our brothers and sisters.
This communion of life with Jesus is the privileged “setting” in which we can experience hope
and in which life will be full and free.

Vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life are born out of the experience of
a personal encounter with Christ, out of sincere and confident dialogue with him,
so as to enter into his will. It is necessary, therefore, to grow in the experience of faith,
understood as a profound relationship with Jesus, as inner attentiveness to his voice which is heard deep within us. This process, which enables us to respond positively to God’s call,
is possible in Christian communities where the faith is lived intensely, where generous witness
is given of adherence to the Gospel, where there is a strong sense of mission which leads people
to make the total gift of self for the Kingdom of God, nourished by recourse to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and by a fervent life of prayer.
This latter “must on the one hand be something very personal, an encounter between my intimate self and God, the living God. On the other hand it must be constantly guided and enlightened by the great prayers of the Church and of the saints, by liturgical prayer, in which the Lord teaches us
again and again how to pray properly.” (Spe Salvi, 34).

...Do not be afraid to follow him and to walk the demanding and courageous paths of charity
and generous commitment! In that way you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of a joy
that the world cannot give, you will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love,
you will learn to “give an account of the hope that is within you” (1 Pt 3:15)!

From the Vatican, 6 October 2012



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