Memorial of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 48: 17-19
Gospel Reading
Matthew 11: 16-19

Opening Prayer

Holy One of Israel, sometimes it is difficult to understand that Your teachings are what is best for us. You are a challenging Teacher. And yet, we want to believe. We are trying to follow. Flood the aridity of our spirit and wash away the cynicism of our souls. Keep our names in the depth of Your heart, even when we forget You. Our expectations must be frustrating to deal with. We complain because John was too severe and challenging, and joyless. Yet we watch Jesus eating, drinking and enjoying everyone, and we are scandalized. Why are we so suspicious and confusing, Holy God? Please let Your light shine in the messy darkness of our confusion! Today is the feast day of St. Lucy (Lucia in Italy). St. Lucy lost her eyes because she would not deny the fiery and transforming vision of Your love. Please let Your light shine in the messy darkness of our confusion!

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