Vatican City: January 15, 2012. (VR) During today’s Angelus address, the Holy Father reflected on the readings for the second Sunday in Ordinary Time, focussing on the theme of vocation
He spoke about the call of the Prophet Samuel in the first reading, and the call of the first disciples of Jesus in the Gospel.
“Both of these stories,” he said, “emphasize the role of the person who plays the role of the mediator, helping those who are called to recognise the voice of God, and to follow it.”
With that thought in mind, he emphasized the “the critical role of a spiritual guide in the journey of faith and, in particular, in responding to a religious vocation in the service of God and his people.” The Pope recalled that a vocation often comes from the witness and suggestion of a spiritual “older brother” who is often a priest… without forgetting the fundamental role of parents, whose joyful and authentic faith, and whose conjugal love, show their children that building one’s life on the love of God is both beautiful, and possible.”
And he prayed that all educators, but especially priests and parents, should have a deep understanding of the importance of their spiritual role in helping young people not only to grow and thrive, but to respond to the call of God.
After the Angelus, Pope Benedict noted that today is the World Day of Migrants and refugees. He recalled the millions of refugees, men, women and children, the young and the old, who are searching for a place where they can live in peace. And he reminded the faithful that the theme of the Day – “Migration and the New Evangelisation” – means that migrants are not only the recipients of the New Evangelisation, but are also witnesses of the Gospel in the contemporary world. The Holy Father then greeted the representatives of the migrant community in Rome, who were present in St. Peter’s Square.
Finally, the Pope looked ahead to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins this Wednesday, January 18th, and continues through to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th. He called on all the faithful to join together to pray to God for the gift of full unity amongst all the disciples of Christ.
As he concluded his Angelus, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims from around the world, included English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, and offered them his blessing.