Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Sirach 3: 17-18, 20, 28-29
Second Scripture Reading
Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-24a
Gospel Reading
Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Opening Prayer

Almighty and Powerful God, why do we seek to be more than You have made us? Why do we seek beyond our grasp? What dark and restless emptiness inside us reaches out to embrace what we can never be? Is our arrogance an echo of our insecurity? Why do we hang around and invite only the rich, beautiful and important to our table? Do we believe that their glow will enlighten us? Teach us, Holy God, to accept who and what we are as gift. Give us the humility to enjoy the meal of life from where you have seated us. InSpirit us to know and believe that we are living in your holy city and sitting at your table. They are holy, not by us, but by Your presence at the table with us. In humility, help us to be present to your truth and reality, not just our fantasies and nightmares.

Beloved St. Therese, as a child of God, you needed a real sign that God was listening to and responding to your prayers. You adopted the accused and unrepentant murderer Pranzini and prayed for his conversion — and on this day, as he was being executed in 1887, he kissed the cross moments before death. You knew that was the confirming sign from Jesus that God listens to your prayers. Stretch our faith to trust God’s merciful response to the needs, hurts and hopes of our lives.

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