Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
1 Maccabees 6: 1-13
Gospel Reading
Luke 20: 27-40

Opening Prayer

God of Life, like Antiochus, we need to be repentant for the pillage and damage we have done to the Temple of the Lord. Our attitudes, actions and judgments have desecrated Your holy people. We are in exile from the truth, Lord God. Call us home and purify us.

We are not pure and living stones building Your Temple in the holy land of our human experience. Help us believe that You are the God of Life. Humble us to trust You in the world beyond and to reverence all life here on earth.

InSpirit us to revere Your presence among us, especially among the unborn, imprisoned, suffering, poor, powerless and weak. Teach us to reverence You as the God of Life in all the life we experience today.

You really are determined, tender Therese. At the papal audience this day in 1887, you break protocol and directly address the Pope and ask him for the privilege to enter the Carmel early. When he puts you off with a pious exhortation, you continue to plead with him to intervene, until you are dragged away. Your tenacity is such a great gift, St. Therese! Help us to strongly and passionately pursue goals and divine calls. Share with us your tenacious spirit, Little Flower of Jesus.

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