First Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Hebrews 4: 12-16
Gospel Reading
Mark 2: 13-17

Opening Prayer

Holy God, Your Word cuts deep. You read our hearts. We cannot conceal our motives. You cut through all barriers that separate us from You and each other. Jesus invites us all to Your table. Save us from our self-righteousness which creates barriers! Save us from judging others as not belonging to Your chosen. As you call us, purify our hearts so that we may live from the power of Your Word. Let Your Word heal the pettiness and dividing disease of my soul. Speak to us today that Your Word might penetrate deeper and transform us. Help me to reverence and see Your goodness in all people I meet at the table of my life today.

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