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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

You Have a Vocation and Mission

7th Sunday of Easter

“The Lord has set his throne in heaven.”Ps. 103

“…May he grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him. I ask that he may enlighten your minds so that you may comprehend the hope that comes from his call, the glorious richness of the inheritance he gives to his holy people, and the extraordinary greatness of his power for us who believe in him, according to the working of his mighty strength.”Ephesians 1:17ss

The feast of the Ascension shows us that Christians do not follow just a mere man or an ideology, but we follow God made man, who came to teach us the path of truth leading to Life, that by following Him we are oriented towards Heaven and eternal life.

This faith and hope should reaffirm our decision and deep conviction that we must trust in Him and follow his teachings. He calls us to follow him, to live enlightened by his revelation, and before ascending to heaven before the eyes of his disciples, he leaves us the missionary mandate to proclaim the good news to all, to do as He did, to offer to all the path of salvation.

This entails a commission; we are not in this life just to exist, nor as tourists to explore what is on this earth. We have a divine vocation as children of God, sent with a mission to live and propagate the kingdom of God, announcing the gospel to all.

This mission is not only for priests and consecrated persons but for all disciples of Christ; all the baptized are called to live out our baptism, to be guided by the Holy Spirit we have received, in order to be the light and salt of the earth. If we see a wayward world, like sheep without a shepherd, it is because many families have ceased to know Jesus and live by his teachings. They did not pass on the faith to their children because they did not value it as they should have, because they did not see it as the greatest treasure it is.

We are called to live out this treasure of our faith and to transmit it as such to our children and relatives, for the family is the basic unit of society. In this NOVENA OF PENTECOST in which we find ourselves, let us pray as a family with Mary, asking for the gift of the Holy Spirit, as the first apostles did after the Ascension of Christ.


Weekly Readings

7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a)/1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn 17:11b-19
Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (6)/Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13/Mk 16:15-20
Monday: Acts 19:1-8/Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8/Jn 15:9-17
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38/Ps 68: 29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11/Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21/Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab/Jn 21:15-19
Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Ps 11:4, 5 and 7/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday:
Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or JI 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 (see 30)/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Day: Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (see 30)/1 Cor 12:3b-7,12-13 or Gal 5:16-25/Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15

Observances for the Week

Sunday: The Ascension of the Lord; 7th Sunday of Easter; World Communications Day; Mother’s Day
Monday: Our Lady of Fatima
Tuesday: St. Matthias, Apostle
Wednesday: St. Isidore
Saturday: St. John I, Pope and Martyr; Armed Forces Day
Next Sunday: Pentecost Sunday