Memorial of Saint Monica

First Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 1: 26-31
Gospel Reading
Matthew 25: 14-30

Opening Prayer

You know that the cross is still a scandal to us. We are addicted to power and being in charge. Your message is confusing, because You seem to work better in our weakness. Humble us to be comfortable being dependent on You, Lord. It is a struggle for us because of our need for power and self-initiation. Teach us to use Your resources well. Do not let cowardice and fear stifle our gifts or cause us to hide our resources. Give us a spirit of courage, initiation and risk so that the talents You give us are magnified and more helpful for others. You know, Lord, that we get confused between dependence and initiation. Grace us the balance.

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