Daily Prayer for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This prayer comes from the United States Bishops’ Website.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?”
–Romans 10: 13-15

Heavenly Father,

Pour forth your Holy Spirit to inspire me with these words from Holy Scripture.

Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my
relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I
might truly believe in and live the Good News.
Open my heart to hear the Gospel and grant me the confidence to proclaim the Good News to others.

Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go
forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.

In moments of hesitation, remind me:

If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel?

If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed?

If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim?

God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear the call of the New Evangelization to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Homily for Saturday, July 12, 2014

Readings for Today

Catholics are not very good at talking publicly about their faith. And be sure, for many years really was not a pressing need for Catholics to think of themselves as evangelists. After all, parishes were filled, priests were abundant, and Catholic schools did not lack for students.  and perhaps in these days of abundant, at least in the United States, we lost sight of the gospel mandate of Jesus: go, teach, and make disciples of all nations.

Both the first reading of the gospel today speak of this type of reluctance on the part of those called to proclaim the life of faith which God calls everyone. For Isaiah, it is his wickedness that stands in the way. In the gospel, disciples are afraid because of the immense task of confronting evil in their day. What stands in the way for us?

For if we believe that we have found a tremendous and new way of life, one that is the pathway to living forever, to finding deep fulfillment, and discovering the purpose for which we were created, I would we not want to share this with others? Perhaps for the same reasons we encounter in today’s readings.

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