10 May 2020 : Vocations Novena - Day 7
Jesus taught us to pray for vocations. He said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” (Matthew 9:37-38). In response to Jesus, we pray this Eucharistic novena (i.e., a devotion consisting of nine days of prayer) for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ continue to inspire many dedicated Christians to imitate Him by offering the gift of themselves in loving service to God in the Church as priests and religious.
Master of the harvest…hear our prayer!
1 Daily Reading From Scripture
Jesus Offers His Mercy at a Meal
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
2 Daily Novena Prayer
Almighty and Eternal God,
your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before he died,
offered the Church the gift of the Eucharist:
the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
May we celebrate this sacred Mystery worthily
and adore it profoundly.
Help us to imitate Jesus your Son
by offering the gift of our lives
in loving service to your Church.
Inspire many people to prophetically live a Eucharistic life
as priests, brothers, and sisters.
This we pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Please pray so that I may respond to such a beautiful vocation; that, like the Bread of the Sacrifice, I may lose my life, my substance, my personality, to be changed into the spirit and life of Jesus. – St. Peter Julian Eymard,