Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Hosea 11: 1-4, 8e-9
Gospel Reading
Matthew 10: 7-15

Opening Prayer

God of love, You have known and loved us forever. Like a tender Mother, You held us and taught us to walk, feed and relate. We are sorry that we have disappointed You. Your parent’s hearts must hurt. Thank You for not seeking vengeance in Your blazing anger. Thank You for still loving us, even in our infidelity, insincerity, and indifference. Teach us again to walk in Your ways, and proclaim Your faithful, healing love. Empower us to travel lightly, carrying little baggage which would weigh us down and limit Your message. Help us to trust You as the Parent God who never gives up on us and whose heritage reign is accomplished through us!

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