4th Sunday of Easter, Vocation Sunday

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 7:40 mins

"The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” These words show how a reference to ‘grace’ begins the Mass, after the invocation of the Trinity. A reference to grace appears also in the Hail Mary, in which Mary is described as being ‘full of grace’ and Catholics of an older generation may be familiar with the phrase ‘state of grace’. The principle of grace underpins today’s Readings and the idea of Christian vocation, especially pertinent to today’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations. But what is grace and why is it important?"

Readings: Gospel: John 10: 11-18: .. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father."

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