Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Oh God, who have taught us to chasten our bodies for the healing of our souls, enable us, we pray, to abstain from all sins, and strengthen our hearts to carry out your loving commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Daniel 9:4-10; Psalms 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Luke 6:36-38
Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Today’s lesson is about mercy – God’s mercy for us first, and our mercy toward others. We renew our penance – all the ways we are trying to change the patterns of our life that need healing.
Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low. Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. Help us, O God our savior, because of the glory of your name; Deliver us and pardon our sins for your name’s sake.
Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. — Psalm 79
God of power and mercy, give us the spirit of prayer and repentance, -with burning love for you and all mankind.
Help us to work with you in making all things new in Christ, -and in spreading justice and peace throughout the world.
Teach us the meaning and value of creation, -so that we may join its voice to ours as we sing your praise.
Forgive us for failing to see Christ in the poor, the distressed and the troublesome, -and for our failure to reverence your Son in their persons.
Lord, your commandment of love is so simple and so challenging. Help me to let go of my pride, to be humble in my penance. I want only to live the way you ask me to love, to love the way you ask me to live. I ask this through your son, Jesus, who stands at my side today and always.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.