iBenedictines have a reflection today on "Praying for Vocations" and in it she suggests that we should all read Pope Francis homily at the Chrism Mass in Rome during Holy Week 2014. It is an excellent suggestion as it is a reflection of the "joy of the priesthood" and should be reflected on by everyone - perhaps as a lectio this Vocation Sunday.
Finally, on this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to make better known the joy of elderly priests, whether healthy or infirm. It is the joy of the Cross, which springs from the knowledge that we possess an imperishable treasure in perishable earthen vessels. May these priests find happiness wherever they are; may they experience already, in the passage of the years, a taste of eternity (Guardini). May they know the joy of handing on the torch, the joy of seeing new generations of their spiritual children, and of hailing the promises from afar, smiling and at peace, in that hope which does not disappoint.