Memorial of Saint Agatha

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Hebrews 13: 1-8
Gospel Reading
Mark 6: 14-29

Opening Prayer

Jesus, you are faithful! You are always with us, yesterday, today, and forever! Do you know how comforting that is to me?!? Take away all fear that falsely suspects I am alone. Purify me of all that distances myself from those suffering. Empower me to greet everyone as though I was greeting you! Your betrothal of me is everything. Teach me to trust you- and to be as faithful to others as you are to me. Let neither other’s nor my own insecurity, jealousy and arrogance foolishly behead the prophets whose truth I need. Give me the wisdom and truthful tongue of John to speak your truth and your expectations of fidelity. Yes, you were there yesterday, Jesus and you will be there forever. But please help me believe that you are with me this day.

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