Homily ideas for April 22, 2018
First Reading: Acts 4:8-12
Summary: Peter heals a crippled man, is jailed, and then addresses the people, assuring them that these miraculous works are done through the power of Jesus.
The vocation angle: In this passage three people are shown to be transformed: the crippled man, Peter, and Jesus. The cripple is a lowly person, miraculously healed. Peter is an un-educated, ordinary man, emboldened to preach the Gospel. These two men are transformed though Jesus, crucified as a common criminal, but now raised from the dead. The voca-tion message? God transforms whomever He chooses. You don’t have to be perfect or sinless to be a priest, brother, or sister. If God calls, His grace is sufficient.
Psalm: Psalm 118
Summary: The stone rejected by the builder has become the cornerstone.
The vocation angle: God saves and transforms those who trust in Him. Even the weak, those not powerful in the eyes of the world, can be called by God to do great things.
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-2
Summary: John helps early Christians identify with Jesus: “the world does not know us because it did not know Him.”
The vocation angle: The passage has a tone of consoling detachment. There is comfort in being a child of God, not concerned about the views of the world, but looking forward to a future transformation. When discerning a vocation, we should be peaceful, trusting that God will lead us because He is a good father.
Gospel: John 10:11-18
Summary: Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows His sheep. He lays down His life for them, and is raised up again.
The vocation angle: While we are all called to imitate Christ, some in the Church are called to more closely imi-tate Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Priests and religious are not “hired help,” but rather, they give their whole lives to the Church. As Pope Francis famously said, priests are supposed to “smell like the sheep,” to be with the people, to closely identify with the trials of life. Those who are called to be shepherds must themselves learn to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
Make it Real:
Share Your Story
- Consider telling your vocation story. Was there a par-ticular time when you had to entrust your vocation to the Good Shepherd?
- How have you been a shepherd to others? Is there a story you can tell when you felt God working through your priesthood to help someone in a powerful way?
- Are there seminarians or novices from your parish? Tell a bit of their stories. Remind people to pray for their ongoing discernment and formation.
Parish Resource Packet
A packet of resources to help parishes celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Comes with: Priest Resource Page, Bulletin Insert Sample, Prayer cards, Discernment Resources, and more..