5th Sunday
Ordinary Time

FOCUS:    Listen for God’s call and follow the Lord.


In all of today’s readings, people hear the Lord calling them to service, and all of them change course to follow their vocation. Young or old, we all have the responsibility to listen for the Lord’s direction and answer with enthusiasm, as did Isaiah, Paul, Peter, James, and John.


Opening Prayer

Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever 


Isaiah recounts his glorious vision of the Lord and his commissioning. Paul reminds the Corinthians of the Gospel he preached to them and lists the resurrected Jesus’ appearances, culminating in his own call and conversion. In the Gospel, after preaching from Simon’s fishing boat, Jesus tells him to put out into deep water. They catch a great number of fish and this leads Peter, James, and John to follow Jesus.

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What's in Your Heart

After overcoming his inner doubts about his worthiness, Isaiah was able to answer the Lord’s call with an enthusiastic, “Here I am; send me!”

  • When did you first become aware of your own calling? How did you respond initially—with an enthusiastic, “Here I am!”? With inner doubts about your worthiness? Or perhaps with a bit of both?

  • How do you feel about your calling today?


Attentive to the voice of God in our lives, let us give voice to the needs and concerns we have this day and bring them to the Lord.


1)         For the Church, may the Lord help each one of us live our baptismal identity as priest, prophet, and king, let us pray to the Lord.


2)         For people throughout the world, may they come to know the saving power of God, let us pray to the Lord.


3)         For those who suffer from violence, oppression, or persecution, may the Lord deliver them and grant them safety and peace, let us pray to the Lord.


4)         For young people in our faith community discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, may they be confident in our love, support, and prayers, let us pray to the Lord.


5)         For those who have died marked with the sign of faith, may they soon experience the joys of the heavenly kingdom, let us pray to the Lord.


Heavenly Father, hear our concerns and grant all that is good. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


The responsible person seeks to make his or her whole life a response to the question and call of God.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Today we still cast the net. And Christ fills it. And Christ calls to conversion those who are found . . . among the waves and tempests of the world.
—Cyril of Alexandria

Closing Prayer

May the strength of God sustain us;

may the power of God preserve us;

may the hands of God protect us;

may the way of God direct us;

may the love of God go with us this day and forever.