Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 40: 25-31
Gospel Reading
Matthew 11: 28-30

Opening Prayer

Awesome God of Broad Shoulders, there really is no one like You. You are beyond human imagination and comparison in the mysterious, powerful, strange and wonderful ways You deal with us. You are awesome and frightening in the width of Your creative power. You are inspiring and comforting in the depth of Your compassion and embrace of us. You make our hearts soar with hope. Today, lift up people with heavy hearts who are burdened in any way. Thank You for Your strong, shepherding shoulders. I love to sit on Your shoulders, like a kid enjoying Your world. It is such a relief and comfort to know that You are God and You carry the whole world. Sometimes, I’ve tried to carry the whole world myself – and it is too heavy for me. I’m glad and relieved that You are God and that Your yoke is a comforting embrace of love and uplifting refreshment. Help us to listen to your hope-filled shepherd’s voice calling us back to Your pasture.

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