2 Tim 2:8-15 / Mark 12:28-34
An invocation is a form of words that is addressed to a deity to appeal for help or for a request.
The response in the Responsorial Psalm can be called an invocation.
It is addressed to the Lord, with an intention, which is "make me know Your ways."
So as we make this invocation: Lord, make me know Your ways, what are the ways of the Lord that we want to know?
In the gospel, the ways of the Lord are found in the love of God and the love of neighbour.
In the 1st reading, St. Paul makes known to us the way of the Lord, and that is to bear his own hardships and to bear it for the sake of those who are chosen, so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.
And there is also a way that the Lord wants us to follow and it can be found in what St. Paul said to Timothy:
Do all you can to present yourself in front of God as a man who has come through his trials, and a man who has no cause to be ashamed of his life's work and has kept a straight course with the message of truth.
Yes, we invoke the Lord with: Lord, make me know Your ways.
We want to know God's ways, so that we too will go the ways that He has planned for us.