Third Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 12: 1-7a, 10-17
Gospel Reading
Mark 4: 35-41

Opening Prayer

Jesus, sometimes when the seas of our life become turbulent, we feel ungrounded and are afraid. Sometimes, it does seem like you are asleep, so much do we depend on your protection and faithful friendship. Teach us to trust you, especially when storms of confusion, darkness, misunderstanding, fear and pain shake our deepest being. Calm us with trust. Let us know that you are in the boat with us and that your presence is everything and all- powerful. Give us wisdom to know that our violations of justice cause the storms on others’ lives. Justice is the name of your reign. Teach us limits that we not take what is not ours. Be not violent with us, even when we are violent with others. Gift us with your mercy and justice. When we despoil others, inSpirit us with forgiveness and repentance. Teach us to be a just people, grounded in your law. Give us reverence and awareness that the sea we are sailing on and using is your sea. Its treasures belong to all your people, not just to a chosen few.

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