Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Opening sentence and prayer:
Our sufferings bring acceptance, acceptance brings hope: and our hope will not deceive us, for the Spirit has been poured into our hearts. Stay with me, Lord, on my journey.
+ Help me to realize that my troubles are slight and short-lived – they are as nothing compared with the joy I shall have when I reach my home with You.
+ Come to the lonely, the unloved, those without friends – show them Your love, and help me to care for my brothers and sisters.
+ Take away my pride, temper my anger – may I follow You in Your gentleness; make me humble of heart.
+ Give me the fulness of Your Spirit – make my love for others generous and sincere.
God our Father, You are continually raising to the glory of holiness those who serve You faithfully. In Your love, hear my prayer: let the Holy Spirit inflame me with that fire with which He captured the hearts of the saints who have gone before me. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from Psalms: Psalm 50:5-8, 14, 23 (NLT)
“Bring my faithful people to me — those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge.
“O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. (Matthew 11:25)
A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)
Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property — along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
May the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen