Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Romans 8: 18-25
Gospel Reading
Luke 13: 8-21

Opening Prayer

Creator God, You are still giving birth to Your creation and Your reign. Sometimes the birth pangs we struggle with hurt and stretch, so we wonder whether the fullness of new life is worth it. Renew our sense of hope amid the struggles and labor pains of our lives. Help us to see and respect that You are the seed planted within our human experience and the leaven within the dough of our lives. You make life happen. Thank you for being the God of Life and source of all growth. Teach us to be midwives to Your creative and birthing presence today. Give us patience with the seed growing, especially when it is hidden. Make us gentle in kneading the dough.

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