On Sunday, January 19, 2003 we have the readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Our church's Christmas season ended last week as we commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord, Jesus and the beginning of his public ministry of spreading the Gospel of Salvation. 

Our readings this Sunday invite us to follow Jesus and to live our lives for him.  In the first reading (1 Samuel 3:3-10,19), young Samuel hears God's voice calling him, but doesn't immediately understand God's call.  Our beautiful Psalm for this week (Psalm 40) invites us to pray "Here I am Lord; I come to do Your will."  Do you know what it means to "do God's will"?  This means that we take time each day to pray and learn more about what God wants us to do in our lives, and then we try our best to do these things lovingly and with all our hearts.  In our Gospel on Sunday (John 1:35-42)  we see Jesus beginning to call His disciples to follow Him.

This week, we pray especially for "Vocations" to our Church.  We pray that good, holy people will hear the call of God in their lives and answer by choosing to become a Priest, Religious Sister, or Brother.   Just as God called Samuel and Jesus called his disciples, God is calling each of us for a special job in serving Him and others. 

While you color this week, take some time to think about how God calls you and how you respond.  To color the pictures, click on the small image to enlarge and use your "back" button to return here.

bulletLearn more about the Priests and Sisters at your church and what they do.  These are wonderful people who have devoted their lives to serving God and our Church.  Take some time this week to thank them for all they do...maybe you could make a card or bake cookies for them.  Also, learn more about vocations and think about how God is calling you!
bulletCatholicMom.com recommends these great books for learning about vocations:

What Does a Priest Do? What Does a Nun Do?

Young children are fascinated yet a bit frightened by priests and nuns. This charming two-in-one book humanizes religious, making them friendly and approachable. Kids will discover that priests and nuns are just like them: they laugh, cry, work, play, and pray.  32 pages, $7.95 Paulist Press





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