Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
1 Kings 21: 1-16
Gospel Reading
Matthew 5: 38-42

Opening Prayer

Owner of the Vineyard of our life, You must get so frustrated with us. There is a Jezebel inside us who will sometimes do anything devious and deadly to get our way and what we want. Save us from ourselves and our out-of-control needs, Lord. Give us the humility to know that this is Your world and others are Your children. Give us the Spirit of Jesus that we might replace vengeance with generosity. Empower us that we do not always have to even the score. Allow Your trust and self-emptying to permeate our souls that we might truly help Your vineyard grow to become the place where Your Reign and Presence blossoms in love, trust and life.

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