Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Jeremiah 31: 1-7
Gospel Reading
Matthew 15: 21-28

Opening Prayer

God of the Ages and Beloved of the Covenant, it is so exciting to hear that you are restoring us. We will dance and rejoice and enjoy life again. You choose us again as Your beloved and make us blossom as Your people. Thank you for forgiving our digression and detours and calling us to Your heart. Restore the innocent virginity of our youth and expand our faith. Protect us from narrow-mindedness. Your Son Jesus was so faithfully Jewish that he would not initially respond to the Canaanite woman. Thank you, Jesus for letting her desperate pleas and yearning faith soften your heart and respond beyond pre-established boundaries. Expand the parameters of our heart and faith.

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