Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest Scripture Reading


Responsorial Psalm

Response: Lord, in your great love, answer me. Rescue me out of the mire; may I not sink! May I be rescued from my foes, and from the watery depths. Let not the flood-waters overwhelm me, nor the abyss swallow me up, nor the pit close its mouth over me. (PS 69:15-16) But I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving help, O God, protect me. I will praise the name of God in song, and I will glorify him with thanksgiving. (PS 69:30-31) "See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! For the LORD hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not." (PS 69:33-34)

Reflection

I would imagine that these words would have been experienced by St John Vianney. The trials that priests face in their vocation can be overwhelming.

As Saint John Vianney said, “A priest goes to Heaven or a priest goes to Hell with a thousand people behind”.

May we take St John Vianney as an example on how we should always run to Jesus in our trials and glorify Him.

Let us pray for priests.

Prayer for Priests


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