Friday August 20th Parish Prayer Day
Proposed Theme: Vocation of the Single Person
- We generally think about vocation in terms of priesthood and religious life – and sometimes in terms of marriage. Very seldom do we consider the vocation of the single person.
- For us as Christians there is only one vocation, and this comes through Baptism. The vocation of each of us is to be a disciple of Christ.
- This is then expressed and lived differently because of the different circumstances and commitments of our lives.
- Some people live this vocation in marriage, by living as a disciple of Christ in the relationship with one other person as a Sacramental couple in service of their children and the world in which they live.
- Some people live this vocation in Priesthood by living as a disciple of Christ in the fraternity of the priesthood in union with the Bishop for the service of the parishes of their Diocese and the Universal Church.
- Religious live as disciples of Christ in community with one another for the service of God’s people, especially the poor and those who have no one to be advocates for them.
- Single people live as disciples of Christ in the ordinary circumstances of their lives, using their gifts to bring peace and healing and hope to those around them.
Good models for single people are Martha, whose feast day is July 29th, her sister Mary and their brother Lazarus. Jesus was a frequent visitor to their home and often received hospitality at their table.
There are many expressions of the vocation of the single person.
- The newly baptised baby brings joy and hope to everyone just by being present,
- Children, especially after they have been anointed with the Sacrament of Confirmation, are called to positively contribute to the joy and well-being of their parents, family, and home so that it becomes truly the Church of the home. They also have so much to bring to their school and their parish community by using their gifts to bring joy and goodness to others.
- Young people have so much to bring to other young people in today’s world by helping them to come to know the goodness of following Christ. They also have great gifts to bring hope and freshness to their parents and other people in the parish. But no one asks them!!
- And older single people have gifts that are badly needed in today’s world. They are often the people who look after a sick or elderly parent or sibling. Unfortunately, they can be taken for granted by the rest of the family and the care for a parent or sibling is left mostly to them.
- People living on their own are also called to be disciples of Christ by making their home a place of Christ’s presence and a source of his peace