Bishop's Message for Vocations Awareness Week 2014

Recently in the Sunday Gospel, we heard two parables of Jesus about making choices.

One parable was about the man who found a treasure in a field and sold everything he had to buy that field and gain the treasure. The other parable was similar: a merchant found a jewel of great value and sold all his other jewels to buy it.

Every choice we make excludes other choices. Sometimes we think we can “have our cake and eat it too”, but that is unrealistic.

A true Christian seeks to know how God wants him or her to live out the basic vocation of Baptism. Is it in marriage, and, if so to which person? Is it as a single person and in what way? Or is it as a priest or religious?

If we really believe in God’s love for us, we know that what God wants for us is where we will find salvation, joy and peace.

I invite everyone to open their hearts to listen for God’s call, however different to our own small plans it may be. God will show us, if we let him, a path he has prepared.

+ Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst