Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
2 Corinthians 4: 7-15
Gospel Reading
Matthew 5: 27-32

Opening Prayer

Strong and powerful God of Hope, we really are broken earthen vessels, despite our attempts to look like highly polished golden chalices, with no imperfections. Our brokenness and powerlessness before You speaks of our humanity and our need for You. Humble us to be open to Your grace today. Enlighten us with hope and faith that You can and will fill the cracks and crevices of our lives and our world. InSpirit us with discernment and hope that allows us to prune destructiveness within us while allowing You to fill brokenness. Raise us to the higher ground of morality which never abuses anyone for their brokenness. Be our power, strength and hope, You Who are Whole!

In 1884, Therese Martin received the Sacrament of Confirmation, so that the Spirit of Jesus would unite her more closely with God’s triune Love and strengthen her with a more mature faith. Help us, tender Therese, to appreciate the gift of God’s Spirit that we receive in Baptism and Confirmation and to use the Gifts to serve others and draw them closer to God. God’s Breath is so powerful in the way it transforms and strengthens us. Teach us again this day that Jesus has never abandoned us and lives and breathes within and among us.

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