Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. 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.
Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18; Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-19; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10
Listen to him… It is wonderful to begin this week acknowledging that we need God’s help in listening and hearing. It is so powerful to ask for the “gift of integrity” – to express our desire for wholeness. And, we humbly ask for light in the midst of whatever might “shadow our vision.” This is the God who allows Jesus to be transfigured before his disciples, to prepare them for what they were about to face. This is our God, who can give each of us the change of heart we ask for.
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant; To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. — Psalm 116
Let us praise our loving Redeemer, who gained for us this season of grace, and pray to him, saying: Lord, create a new spirit in us.
Christ, our life, through baptism we were buried with you and rose to life with you, – may we walk today in newness of life.
Lord, you have brought blessings to all mankind, – bring us to share your concern for the good of all.
May we work together to build up the earthly city, – with our eyes fixed on the city that lasts for ever.
Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness of our spirit, – so that we may grow in holiness through your constant care.
Loving God, there is so much darkness in my life and I hide from you. Take my hand and lead me out of the shadows of my fear. Help me to change my heart. Bring me to your truth and help me to respond to your generous love. Let me recognize the fullness of your love which will fill my life. Free me from the darkness in my heart.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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