Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 38: 1-6, 21-22, 7-8
Gospel Reading
Matthew 12: 1-8

Opening Prayer

Good Jesus, you really did scandalize pious people! You encouraged your followers to break Sabbath laws to show that human rules are not the divine will. You continue to challenge us and them with the justice and compassion which defines God’s reign, beyond rituals, devotions and laws. You are the Lord of all! You move the sun, and extend our years. Our faithfulness softens your heart. Touch us again and heal the wounds of our personal spirits and the torments which afflict your Body today – those attitudes and ailments which limit the temple of your presence among us. Gift us again with faith which impels us beyond rigid righteousness and minimalistic legalism. InSpirit us to trust you and not shrink faith to our need for absolute security. Make us more faithful to the Spirit of your law and expectations.

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