Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Genesis 28: 10-22a
Gospel Reading
Matthew 9: 18-26

Opening Prayer

Jesus, you are Jacob’s stairway. You are our connection to God and the direct access we have to the Holy One! Thank you for always being with us, no matter how lost we seem. Your presence makes us “Bethel”, the House of God, because you dwell within us. Come to us with your healing power of life. Stop the hemorrhaging of our spirits and anything which dissipates our energy or causes us to be unholy. Enter our house and bring your healing touch and renewed life. Don’t let our cynicism and lack of faith blind us to the reality that we live in Bethel – that our life experience is your dwelling place, Holy God! Thank you for entering the abode of our hearts and making us holy!

Therese, this must have been a dark day for you, when in 1897, the decision was made to isolate you in the infirmary because of the accelerating rate of your illness. You must have known that God was drawing you closer to home. Help us to have faith amid the dark times of pain, disappointment, and illness” to trust that your refining and embracing presence is still with us, even though we feel empty. Strengthen our faith, powerful Therese, to believe that in our frailty is God’s mercy and healing power.

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