This Sunday is Vocations Day or Good Shepherd Sunday. Each year the Pope writes us a letter. He is basing it on the scene of the apostles struggling in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. What he makes clear is that following our vocation is not easy, but we do have help. However ‘gratitude’ might not be the first word we always think of in the middle of struggling with our lives.
“The first word of vocation, then, is gratitude. Taking the right course is not something we do on our own, nor does it depend solely on the road we choose to travel. How we find fulfilment in life is more than a decision we make as isolated individuals; above all else, it is a response to a call from on high. The Lord points out our destination on the opposite shore and he grants us the courage to board the boat. In calling us, he becomes our helmsman; he accompanies and guides us; he prevents us from running aground on the shoals of indecision and even enables us to walk on surging waters.” Part of Pope Francis’ letter.