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St. John Paul II: Christ is the model for understanding the vocation of every person

MESSAGE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II FOR THE XXXIV WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (1996)

 In carrying out the plan of Redemption, God wanted to count on man’s collaboration: Sacred Scripture narrates the history of salvation as a history of vocations, in which the Lord’s initiative and man’s response are intertwined. In fact, every vocation is born of the encounter of two freedoms: the divine and the human. Personally challenged by the word of God, the one called places himself at his service. Thus, begins a following, not without difficulties and trials, which leads to a progressive intimacy with God and an ever greater availability to the demands of his will.

In every vocational call God reveals the profound meaning of the Word, which is the progressive discovery of his Person until the manifestation of Christ, the ultimate meaning of life: “He who follows me does not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). Christ, the Word of the Father, is the model for understanding the vocation of every person, for discovering his or her path in life and for giving spiritual fruitfulness to his or her mission.