Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Genesis 11: 1-9
Gospel Reading
Mark 8: 34 - 9:1

Opening Prayer

God of unity, we do speak different languages and babble in confusion. Did we try to outreach our limits and integrity and build idols of our success, efforts and needs? Teach us the language of truth. Give us Your Wisdom! Help us to reverence, discern and listen to confusing languages and to those people we don’t understand or feel threatened by. Give us the wisdom of Jesus, who teaches us that to reach beyond our grasp is to become empty. Empower us to empty ourselves so that You might fill us beyond our dreams and reasonings, rather than fill our desire with empty satisfaction. Keep us faithful to You, Lord Jesus, and to Your gospel. Help us to follow You and live gracefully with the struggle and crosses which confuse our days. Unbabble us with Your unifying Spirit, Holy God of truth, whose oneness is an image in our deepest reality.

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