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St. John Paul II: “Thy Kingdom come”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II FOR THE XXXVI WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (1999)

The invocation “Thy Kingdom come” calls for conversion and reminds us that man’s earthly journey must be marked by the daily search for the Kingdom of God before and above all else. It is an invocation that invites us to leave the world of vanishing words to generously assume, in spite of every difficulty and opposition, the commitments to which the Lord calls us.

Asking the Lord “Thy Kingdom come” also entails considering the Father’s house as one’s own dwelling place, living and acting according to the style of the Gospel and loving in the Spirit of Jesus; it means, at the same time, discovering that the Kingdom is a “small seed” endowed with an unsuspected fullness of life, but continually exposed to the risk of being rejected and trampled underfoot.

May those who are called to the priesthood or to the consecrated life accept with generous availability the seed of the vocation that God has placed in their hearts. Drawing them to follow Christ with an undivided heart, the Father invites them to be joyful and free apostles of the Kingdom. In their generous response to this invitation, they will find the true happiness to which their hearts aspire.