Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 18: 9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30 - 19: 3
Gospel Reading
Mark 5: 21-43

Opening Prayer

Mighty and Mysterious God, You have a wonderful and strange way of mixing defeat and victory, joys and sorrows. We celebrate David’s triumph yet weep with him over the death of his beloved son Absalom. We have wept over relatives whose loss empties our heart. Sometimes we want and even demand miracles, like the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the hemorrhaging woman. Touch our lingering pains and immediate hurts. Teach us to trust you, especially in times of painful darkness. You are the God of life and You make what seems like losses, death and disease into victories, life and wholeness.

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