Today’s Gospel Reading comes from Luke 10:1-12:
Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs
to every town and place He intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day
than for that town.”
A Prayer for the Response and Success of Vocations
O’ God of all power and might,
Fill your Church up with those you have called to serve your children.
Be hearts of those you have called to be priests so that they might love with a deep sacrificial love.
Be the hands of those you have called to be deacons so that they might serve with humility, strength, and gentleness.
Be the ears of those you have called to religious life so that they might listen to you and know what to pray for and how to pray.
Be the eyes and feet of those you have called to the lay ministry so that they might always see where they are needed and have the perseverance to complete their mission.
Eternal Father, we ask you to send us more laborers in Holy name of your and Beloved Son Jesus Christ.