Memorial of Saint John of the Cross

First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 48: 17-19
Gospel Reading
Matthew 11: 16-19

Opening Prayer

Holy One of Israel, sometimes it is different to understand that Your teachings are what is best for us. You are a challenging Teacher. And yet, we want to believe. We are trying to follow. Flood the aridity of our spirit and wash away the cynicism of our souls. Keep our names in the depth of Your heart, even when we forget You. Our expectations must be frustrating to deal with. We complain because John was too severe and challenging, and joyless. Yet we watch Jesus eating, drinking and enjoying everyone, and we are scandalized. Give us the faith and passion of John of the Cross to pursue You, as the living Flame. InSpirit us with courage that we be not afraid as You pursue us and overwhelm us with Your fiery love and sparkling glory.

Today, in 1927, you are proclaimed the co-Patroness of the Missions, Great St. Therese. Your outreach to the ends of the earth is recognized. Because you embraced your vocation as “love in the heart of the Church” you are as powerful as St. Francis Xavier who actually went to the foreign missions. Give us your outreaching heart and faith in the power of prayer and works of charity to activate God’s reign.

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