First Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 4: 1-11
Gospel Reading
Mark 1: 40-45

Opening Prayer

God of Victory, how can You suffer defeat? Why do You allow tragedies to happen, like the defeat of the Israelites and the loss of the Ark? Sometimes, You don’t make sense! Why does suffering and evil happen to good people, even when You are present within it? Is it simply our limited human perspective which names tragedies and defeats, when You might be victoriously creating Your reign? As You did in Jesus’ healing, You can do what You want! And You know best! There is a leprosy in me which limits vision and understanding. Stretch out Your Hand to touch me – and heal me – give me Your Eyes and Your Heart so that I can discern good and evil, victory, and defeat from the viewpoint of Your eternal Wisdom. Let me not be blinded by darkness, especially when it is Your Light shining!!

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