Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Jeremiah 13: 1-11
Gospel Reading
Matthew 13: 31-35

Opening Prayer

Lord God, You gifted Mary with wonderful parents who taught her to be sensitive to the faithful dreams of God and to sacrifice to God’s invitation. As grandparents of Jesus, they handed onto him the wisdom and wealth of life’s experience. Our parents taught us to believe and trust and love. We reverence them as gifts from You – as people who loved us the best they knew how. Our grandparents handed on to us wisdom and the wealth of heritage. From these people you graced us with, we learned how to see and believe and hear the voice, presence and power of Your love. Give us grateful hearts and warm memories of our parents and grandparents, who reflect Your ancient and faithful love for each and all of us.

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