Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Genesis 16: 1-12, 15-16
Gospel Reading
Matthew 7: 21-29

Opening Prayer

Faithful, Creator God, continue to use our weakness, even our envy and anger to work Your wonders and create blessings. Help us not to chase away or avoid conflicts and challenges in our lives. Help us believe that Your first-born creation can come from surprising places and people, and still be good and holy. Gentle us not to destroy who and what threatens us. Help us to build dreams and castles on the firm foundation of Your Word and Spirit, so that they are not destroyed or delayed by the vacillating storms of the human spirit.

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