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‘He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.” ‘  Luke 13:1-9, 3rd Sunday of Lent Year C.

Men who are serious about discerning their vocations need to take the time to discern their calling with the assistance of the Church, through a Spiritual Director, the Vocations Director and/or the Parish Priest.

They also need to be able to handle rejection and setbacks that may accompany the process of discernment, as their vocation is tested. Discernment can be a time of both disappointment and challenge, as they discover God’s special plan for them. It is not a time to give up at the first hurdle but to persevere.

Perhaps the time is pertinent. This is your year to manure your vocation with prayer, the reading of the word of God, making use of the Sacraments and healthy discussion with the Church.

Kind regards and God bless

Vocations Director

Fr Eamon Kennedy

1st March 2013