Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Exodus 24: 3-8
Gospel Reading
Matthew 13: 24-30

Opening Prayer

God of the Covenant, we are in a life-blood relationship because of Your gracious love of us. Thank you! As You espouse us, empower us to be faithful to You, and life-giving to Your creation. Help us to remember this nuptial day of bonding today, and each day as we celebrate Eucharist. May it be a renewal of Word and Blood through which You share Your life with us. Teach us to be patient with people and situations we deem to be weeds. Help us to acknowledge You as the only and ultimate judge. Your wisdom is beyond our petty vision and judgments. Protect us so that we do not uproot as weed what You may see as precious and life-giving.

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