Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd October
Our response to the psalm today is “Oh that today you would listen to his voice!
Harden not your hearts”. We pray that those whom the Lord calls to follow
him, as a priest, deacon or religious, may make space today to listen with their
hearts to the voice of the Lord. St. Paul in our reading reminds us to “fan into a
flame the gift God has given us” We pray that those who are being called to a
vocation will respond with generosity.
Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th October
In our Gospel today Jesus highlights the gratitude of the lepper who was healed
and the ingratitude of the other nine leppers. We pray that we will be grateful
to God for those who minister to us as priests, deacons and religious, and that
we will encourage and support those who are discerning a vocation to serve as
a priest, deacon or religious to respond to the Lord’s call.
Twenty-nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th October
St. Paul reminds Timothy to keep to what he has been taught and know to be
true and encourages him to “proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome,
insist on it”. We pray for those in formation for ministry and those discerning a
vocation to serve as a priest, deacon or religious, that they will be guided to
proclaim the Gospel message.
In our Gospel parable, Jesus shows that the widow was granted her request
because of her persistence in pestering the judge. May we pray with the same
persistence in asking the Lord of the Harvest to send priests, deacons and
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23rd October
In our second reading, St. Paul near the ned of his life tells Timothy that his life
has been poured out in service, that he has run the race to the end and kept
the faith. We pray that those who are discerning a call to serve as priests,
deacons or religious will be encouraged and supported to run the race to the
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30th October
Addressing the church community in Thessalonica, St Paul writes “We pray
continually that our God will make you worthy of his call!” We pray for an
increase in vocations to the priesthood, the Diaconate and Consecrated life and
that all who are called by the Lord to follow him will be worthy of his call.