Prayer for Vocations To The Priesthood
“O Lord Jesus Christ, great High-Priest, we ask You to call many worthy souls to Your holy priesthood. Enlighten the superiors in the choice of candidates, the spiritual directors in guiding them, and the professors in instructing them. Lead the seminarians daily in unerring footsteps, so that they may become priests who are models of purity, possessors of wisdom, and heroes of sacrifice, steeped in humility and aflame with divine love, apostles of Your glory and sanctifiers of souls. Amen.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests.
St. Vincent de Paul, protector of the clergy, pray that God will bless us with many good priests.”
The night after winning the heavyweight championship of the world from Jess Willard, Jack Dempsey woke up in his hotel room at 2 o’clock in the morning. Suddenly, he felt empty inside. He said later, “Success didn’t taste the way I thought it would. I’d won a world title. So What!” The human heart has a hunger and a thirst that nothing on earth can satisfy. It is a lesson we have to learn if we are to find true happiness. You see, the day will come when we discover the truth of Jesus’ words in today’s gospel: “Do not work for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life; I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” How hungry or thirsty are you?
The Jeremiah story continues from yesterday. The people want to kill Jeremiah, but others try to protect him since “he speaks in the Name of the Lord.” Others still wanted to kill him and spoke of other prophets who were killed for their message. Being a prophet is not an easy thing. Being a Christian today is not easy either. Will you stand up for the Gospel even in the face of adversity?
The theme in the readings is one of “rejection.” Jesus at His home in Nazareth and Jeremiah in the court of the House of the Lord. In Jesus’ case: “familiarity breeds contempt.” The people of Nazareth thought they knew who Jesus’ family was and a carpenter’s son shouldn’t be talking or acting the way He does. Jeremiah has a message of “gloom and doom” for the Temple and Jerusalem. If they were rejected, is it any surprise that we are rejected when we preach the gospel?
In the Evening
“Day is done, but love unfailing dwells ever here; shadows fall, but hope, prevailing, calms every fear. Loving Father, none forsaking, take our hearts, of love’s own making, watch our sleeping, guard our waking, be always near. Dark descends, but light unending shines through our night; You are with us, ever lending new strength and sight; one in love. Your truth confessing, one in hope of heaven’s blessing, may we see, in love’s possessing, love’s endless light! Eyes will close, but You, unsleeping, watch by our side; death may come: in love’s safe keeping still we abide. God of love, all evil quelling, sin forgiving, fear dispelling, stay with us, our hearts indwelling, this eventide. Amen.”
Today, we honor the founder of the Redemptorists, St. Alphonsus Liguori. By 17, he had earned doctorates in civil and canon law! He was later ordained. The motto of the Redemptorists: With God redemption abounds. He opposed the rigors of Jansenism. Many of us grew up using his meditations on the Way of the Cross. Made a Doctor of the Church.
A.M.D.G. (Abbreviation of the Latin words that mean:”All for the greater glory of God,” the motto of the Jesuit Order founded by St. Ignatius and 6 others). Ignatian spirituality proposes certain virtues as essential for the imitation of Christ: obedience, poverty, and humility.