9 May 2020 : Vocations Novena - Day 6
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 Commands us to Love One Another
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
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,