Scriptures for Nov. 4th
Overall theme: The Law of Love
First Reading: Duet. 6:2-6
Summary: “You shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
+ The vocation angle: Observing God’s law isn’t a chore but a grace: “that you may grow and prosper the more.” We were created to love, therefore our souls are at peace only in love. Your vocation is the answer to the question, “In what specific way is God calling me to love?”
Second Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28
Summary: “Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away.”
+ The vocation angle: Take this opportunity to preach on the nature of the priesthood, especially in light of the present scandals. The priest stands in the person of Christ and his main duties are to preach the Gospel and celebrate the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Consider emphasizing the need for priests in the diocese. Stress that God calls flawed men; one does not have to be perfect to be a priest. At the same time, we do need courageous men who are striving for virtue, burning with desire to bring God’s love to others.
Gospel: Mark 12:28b-34
Summary: Jesus reiterates the great commandment of love, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… and your neighbor as yourself.”
+ The vocation angle: A priest who taught in Catholic high school for many years helped students navigate their teen years by counseling, “For now, spend your energy on becoming the man or woman God is calling you to be… the rest will come in time.” Similarly, St. Augustine famously advised, “Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt… let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.” When people agonize over discerning their vocations, the best advice is to return to the basic law of love. Is love evident in your commitment to prayer? In your moral life? In your service to others, especially the poor? Redouble your efforts to love and God will reveal your vocation.
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