Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
2 Maccabees 6: 18-31
Gospel Reading
Luke 19: 1-10

Opening Prayer

Good God, You protect and stretch us! Embrace your faithful innocents. Help us not to scandalize people, even with the best of intentions. Purify our intentions and actions. InSpirit us not to compromise your Gospel values or ourselves. Stretch us, like Zacchaeus. Empower us to climb to see you and share Your vision. Humble us because you choose to come to our house to eat and enjoy hospitality. Protect us from the negative judgments of others. Transform our hoarding and unjust hearts to be like your self-emptying heart of justice and compassion. We have a long climb of conversion, but your look empowers us and your salvation transforms us. May our piety never allow us to simply stare at you, without changing our hearts and our world with more just living. Your presence within us makes us stand very tall.

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