Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas

First Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 11: 1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17
Gospel Reading
Mark 4: 26-34

Opening Prayer

Jealous God, You probably understand David, even as You disappoved of his liaison with Bathsheba and murdering her husband Uriah. You want to have us all for Yourself. InSpirit us to have the same passion for You. Free us and fire us, Jealous God of love. Teach us limits – that we cannot have things or people simply because we long or lust for them. Teach us respect for the rights of others. Humble us that we not murder other people, by action, word or silence. Continue to be that powerful mustard seed within us – small but creative. May the Spirit of Jesus quietly, constantly and invisibly work Your wonders within and among us. Thank You for being a God of Compassion Who understands and forgives us, even when You don’t approve of what we do. Your mercy is stronger than Your jealousy. Continue to mysteriously grow in us.

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