Season of Vocation
The Season of Vocation is based on the Sunday liturgical readings of the 27-30th weeks of Ordinary Time of Year B
Program Outline of Living Seasons of Change Season of Vocation.
God has a plan for each of His children. Like all children, we do not always follow the heart of our Father (fathers). Many times, our rebellion leads us away from wisdom, away from years of preparation. Too soon, we fail. Too soon we choose the path of least resistance and in the process destroy the very Vocation that would bring peace, joy and fulfillment.
The vocation of marriage is ordained by God to join together forever mates that complete one another. The strengths of one shore up the weakness of the other. Combined purpose form an “adequate witness” of God’s love and his path way for future generations.
The priesthood sets apart a single, celibate person who joins with intimacy the Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ. In working together in a life-long bond, the blessings expound and are shared throughout the community and thus touch current and future generations.
Those called by the Lord to the priesthood find solace and comfort in this vocation. Denying this calling sets a longing in the heart that is not easily satisfied.
Other states, callings, vocations do not involve whether one is single or married, priest or religious; that is the vocation of serving God and fellow man through living lives devoted to the Lord. As your search for scriptures revealed, there are many ways to be “used” in the Christian Way. Administration, intercession, exhortation, mighty deeds and the other gifts of grace for healing and the such; teaching and evangelizing, and providing prayer to connect man with God. Each of these brings joy into the lives of those who accept their calling.
There are those who say “I’m too busy”, “I’m raising my family”, “I have no money, talent, time”. To these I call each to examine their lives. Is not the gift of administration active in their work and home? Is not prayer? Is not support of the missions of the Church? Is not the teaching of children?
Vocations to be loving servants of spouses and families, is a part, too, of my plan. It is here, in these areas, that you learn how to be a servant of God so that when you are needed by the Church ‘major” you are equipped by grace and trained by experience to step forward.
Service to the Lord should permeate your individual calling. If called to pray—find out who needs prayer. If called to be generous, find out who is in need and allow the Lord to use you to provide for that need. When called into the “religious” life, a celibate giving of all you have unto the Lord, reach with both hands unto the Lord who longs to embrace your life and fill you with the grace of a consecrated life.
When all is said and done, all shall enter into judgement. All those who take their places ordained by the Father in eternity will look back with joy and fulfillment that they lived their lives to the fullness of the vocation calling and grace set forth for them from the creation of the world.
References: New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission. All rights reserved. Genesis 2: 24 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” Mark 10: 8-9 “and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” NAB
Ephesians 5: 31 “”For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church”
Ephesians 5: 24 “As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.”
Retrouvaille.org for more information for Catholic ministry to troubled marriages
The World by Henry Vaughn .“The fearful miser on a heap of rust, Sat pining all his life there, did scarce trust, His own hands with the dust.” http://www.holytrinitynewrochelle.org/HenryVaughn.html [snapshot of page on July 9, 2009]
Mark 10:27 “All things are possible for God.”
2 Corinthians 8: “13 I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, 14 but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack.””
Matthew 19: 27 “Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.”
Welcome to the Catholic Church, Harmony Media, Lives of the Saints. St. Lawrence. “The popular legend that portrays Saint Lawrence lying on a gridiron and giving instructions for his own roasting may be no more than a myth; Lawrence himself, however, is a reality, and legends only point to the widespread devotion to him among early Christians. He was one of seven deacons in Rome during the pontificate of Sixtus II, and was martyred on August 10, 258, four days after Sixtus himself had been put to death by the emperor Valerian. As a deacon, Lawrence had charge of caring for the property of the Church and distributing alms to the poor. According to the legend, when he was ordered by the Roman prefect to hand over the treasures of the Church, he asked for time to gather together this wealth, and then went about the city distributing the Church’s money to the poor and the sick and selling its property for the same purpose. When he came before the prefect again and was told to produce his riches, he pointed to the crowd of beggars, cripples, and other unfortunates who had followed him there and who had received the benefit of the Church’s material goods. It was this piece of audacity, the legend says, that enraged the prefect and led him to order Lawrence’s unique execution. Stretched out on a gridiron over a bed of fiery coals, the saint calmly told his torturers, “Turn me over now, I’m done enough on this side.””
29th Sunday Ordinary Isaiah 53:10-11 through “suffering, my servant shall justify many and their guilt he shall bear”
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.”
http://www.relevantradio.com/Page.aspx?pid=485 as it appeared on Sep 26, 2009 “Father John Corapi is what has commonly been called a late vocation. In other words, he came to the priesthood other than a young man. He was 44 years old when he was ordained. His experiences prior to ordination have been termed simply astounding, but that is probably somewhat of an overstatement. They might be called extreme, however. From small town boy to the Vietnam era US Army, from millionaire businessman in Las Vegas and Hollywood to drug addicted and homeless, to religious life and ordination to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II, to a life as a preacher of the Gospel who has reached millions with the simple message that God’s Name is Mercy
Readings for Season of Vocation
New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.See link for full reading
27th Sunday Ordinary
Genesis 2:18-24 “Suitable partner” “the two of them become one flesh” “The man gave names to all” Hebrews 2:9-11 “Lower than angels” (fully human) to “taste death for everyone” “make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering”Mark 10:2-16 “is it lawful to divorce?” “Moses permitted” “they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together no human being must separate” divorce and remarriage is adultery.//accept the kingdom like a child
28th Sunday Ordinary
Wisdom 7:7-11 prayer & pleading: prudence & wisdom: “riches nothing in comparison”Hebrews 4:12-13 “Word of God is living… sharper than any two-edged sword”Mark 10:17-30 Keep the commandments; go sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come follow me.” Camel through the eye of a needle, “Then who can be saved?” “for human beings it is impossible, but…All things are possible for God” give up family for God’s sake and gospel “receive a hundred times more now in this present age… and eternal life in the age to come”
29th Sunday Ordinary
Isaiah 53:10-11 through “suffering, my servant shall justify many and their guilt he shall bear”Hebrews 4:14-16 high priest Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses, “similarly been tested in every way yet without sin” “so let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy”Mark 10:35-45 “James & John, sons of Zebedee” asked Jesus to sit at his right & left in his glory. “it is not mine to give” “whoever wishes to be first’ leader must be the servant. Son of Man came “to serve and give his life as a ransom for many” 30th Sunday Ordinary
Jeremiah 31:7-9 God delivered the remnant; “will gather them from the ends of the earth” “I will lead them to brooks of water” Hebrews 5:1-6 “every high priest is taken from among men…to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin” Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”
Mark 10:46-52 Blind Bartimaeus: “Son of David, have pity on me!” “I want to see” “your faith has saved you.”