Bishop`s Message on Vocation Sunday

Wishing you all once again, a Happy and Blessed Easter Octave.  Easter is the good news of hope for all. Hence, we have a great reason to live life joyfully. The 55th Day for Vocations is to be commemorated on 22 April. The fourth Sunday of Easter Octave. Listening, discerning, and living lie at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially “the relationship between young people, faith, and vocation.” Taking cue from the Holy Father’s reflection I would like to reiterate that the   Threefold mandate of Jesus, Proclamation, Commemoration and Forgiving is the Ministry of Priesthood. In order to continue Jesus’ work of Salvation in this world, first He gave his mandate to proclaim the Good news to the whole world and has promised to his disciples that he would be present till the end of the world.  ‘“I am with you always until the end of this world. “Mt.28-20. Joyful proclamation of the good news is the main task of each priest by which Jesus is continuously made known to others.  St. John Paul II said, “It is not enough to believe in him but his name should made known to others. “He also gave his own mission to his disciple to celebrate the Eucharist in his memory till the end of times. In the last supper “Jesus took the bread said the blessing and broke it and gave it to his disciples saying “Take and eat. This is my body. Then he took a cup and gave thanks, and passed it to them saying, “Drink this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the Covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.” Thus, it is his disciple, the priest`s primary duty, to celebrate the Eucharist and to bring Jesus in the midst of the people at all times and everywhere. When Jesus broke the bread, His disciples recognised him at Emmaus. The Priest`s holy duty is to do the same and rejuvenate the faith of the people. The priestly work that many of us are doing today can be replaced by lay people but no one can celebrate the Mass and administer the sacraments like Confession.  Jesus also empowered the disciples to forgive the sins of men. After the resurrection from Dead Jesus appeared to his disciples strengthening their faith in different places and different times. On the evening of the first day after Sabbath, Jesus appeared and said “Peace be with you, as the father sent me, so I send you. After saying this he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit, for those whose sins you forgive, they will be forgiven, for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.”  Only Jesus has the authority to forgive sins because shedding his blood on the cross he instituted the sacrament of Recompilation through Priests are empowered to forgive sins of mankind. When priests pronounce “I forgive your sins “to the penitent the healing of Jesus takes place. Let us pray for vocation and encourage our young boys to come forward to embrace this noble vocation of priesthood to continue the work of Jesus joyfully.

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