First Week of Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 1: 9-20
Gospel Reading
Mark 1: 21-28

Opening Prayer

Jesus, why is it easier to identify the enemy and what threatens, than to see goodness? Unclean spirits shriek before you, yet sometimes I simply overlook you. I’m sorry! Make me more sensitive to your power and presence – to the way you speak with an authority from within. Help me trust that you are speaking in the instincts of my heart. I’m glad that you are flexible and understanding – and have a good sense of humor. Like Hannah, sometimes I bargain with you for what I need and want. I promise you everything. You are generous and responsive. You always deliver in surprising and fulfilling ways. Give me courage not to be threatened by your presence and your plans for me.

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