Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Wisdom 9: 13-18b
Second Scripture Reading
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Gospel Reading
Luke 14: 25-33

Opening Prayer

The ineffable ways of Your Wisdom are awesome! Your blithe Spirit stretches our imagination and challenges our journey. You fill us with wonder and you challenge us with surrender. Give us the Divine Wisdom that we never shrink You to a god of our creation, nor shrink Your reign to the fulfillment of our needs. Help us to understand and trust the mysterious ways You became human- in the child You sent because You sent Your Heart. Continue to transform us, empower us, stretch us and refine us so that we live and move and have our being in Jesus, following the sacrifice, passover, and freedom of His Cross. You are more challenging than we might want, God of Freedom, but in You we are free, alive and holy. Keep us faithful today to the trials of the travel and the discipline of your freedom.

Just as St. Therese made her religious vows to God this day, inspire us to cooperate that Divine Love may impregnate us and our world.

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