May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Give us a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
That in these moments of prayer, our who life revolves around you.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Read: 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19 Mk. 7:31-37
Jesus said to him, “Ephphatha!” (“be opened!”) At once the man’s ears were opened; he was freed from the impediment, and began to speak plainly. Their amazement went beyond all bounds: “He has done everything well! He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!” (Mk. 7:34-34, 37)
Many people claim to not know enough about their religion to be able preach the Gospel, teach the faith in catechism, or share what they have with others in some manner. Many people have never been challenged to share, explain, defend or proclaim the faith they have — they simply have a fear of doing so.
Jesus, in the Gospel today, cured the deaf and dumb. Sometimes we, too, are deaf and dumb to our calling to be preachers in our own right and builders of the Reign of God in our own place and state in life. It is hard to change our outlook on the Christian life. It is difficult to see the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as the beginning, a minimum way of living a commitment toward God.
Living the Kingdom is a call to be fellow disciples and sanctifiers of the world with Him, to teach His truth and to preach His Gospel.
If we place our trust in Him, Jesus will heal us of the impediments that keep us from hearing and preaching His holy Gospel. If we would only seek to do His will in all things!
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 22:31-32 “I will live for the LORD; my descendants will serve him. Generations to come will be told of the Lord, that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.”
In His holy Name, we cry out: LORD, guide us.
- Lord, our men and women return from war victorious, some shattered, some lost. Inspire us to serve our Veterans who gave so much for their grateful nation. LORD…
- Help us to be generous with our time and treasure in every good and noble deed. Inspire us and many others to serve. LORD…
- We need priests Lord, to serve
- at our altars. Raise an army of saintly priests to serve you and your Church at Holy Mass. LORD…
- We pray for the Holy Father Francisco and for our Bishop and for all the clergy. Keep them in union and may your will be done. LORD…
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: Lord, grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN