Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
If someone feels that God is calling him to the priesthood, that person needs to start a long formation program – he needs to enter the seminary. Then for several years he would deepen his knowledge about our Christian religion and tradition, study philosophy, theology, the history of the church, liturgy, and many more subjects. Seminary is also a time when a person discerns whether priesthood is his vocation. Many prayers, spiritual directions, retreats, and practices. However, this is also a time for those who oversee a formation program to get to know that candidate, help him to discern his vocation, and then decide if that person should be ordained or not. Unfortunately, even after that long process of studying, praying, and formation, an ordained priest may decide to leave the priesthood or even worse, to hurt others -- sad. That’s why we all need to pray for our priests and for many good vocations to the priesthood. This reminds me about Jesus who from many candidates appointed only twelve and “send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” Among those twelve there was also “Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.” We need to pray even for those priests that have gotten lost.