Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Jeremiah 3: 14-17
Gospel Reading
Matthew 13: 18-23

Opening Prayer

ill the soil of our hearts again, Eternal Gardener. We are such a mixture of hardened paths, cynical expectations, superficial enthusiasm, and soft, fertile soil. Yet You faithfully plant Your seed, for You forever call us back to life, that Your reign might blossom. We get so easily distracted by our needs, emptiness, disappointments and old behaviors. Till us again, Faithful Farmer, and plant Your seed to mysteriously and faithfully grow in us until we blossom as the garden of Your delight, fruitful in justice, weeded of iniquity, and flowering as the Jerusalem of Your dwelling. Let our growth be a tribute to Your life-giving power!

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