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Vocation Sunday from Pope Francis

‘The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is not a “cage” or a burden to be borne.

On the contrary, it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking.

God in fact desires that our lives not become banal and predictable, imprisoned by daily routine, or unresponsive before decisions that could give it meaning.

The Lord does not want us to live from day to day, thinking that nothing is worth fighting for, slowly losing our desire to set out
on new and exciting paths.

If at times he makes us experience a “miraculous catch”, it is because he wants us to discover that each of us is called – in a variety of ways – to something grand, and that our lives should not grow entangled in the nets of an ennui that dulls the heart.

Every vocation is a summons not to stand on the shore, nets in hand, but to follow Jesus on the path he has marked out for us, for our own happiness and for the good of those around us.’