Second Week of Lent

First Scripture Reading
Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13a, 17-28a
Gospel Reading
Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

Opening Prayer

Jesus, I’m embarrassed! I identify with the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers. I’ve destroyed and exiled people with my behaviors, comments, judgments, and silence. I’ve sold their dignity for the petty price of my tarnished insecurity. It is hard for me to accept that I am simply a tenant in your vineyard. I want it all for myself. My emptiness stabs, grabs and destroys – and even blinds me to Your marvelous Ways. I’d probably reject God’s son or anyone else because I’m so preoccupied with my inheritance and the fulfillment of my needs. Look kindly on me in the self-imposed exile of my heart. Clothe me in the warm colorful tunic of your loving forgiveness. Humble me to see that who and what I reject as threatening may be the gift You are offering. Help me, Lord Jesus – You are the cornerstone of the restructuring of my life.

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