Sept. 24: Monday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Master Azor, Cyrus Orders the Temple in Jerusalem Rebuilt, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1430

‘Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of those among you who are of his people—may their God be with them!—are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord (NRSV, Ezra 1:2-3a).'

Readings for Mass

First Reading: Ezra 1:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Gospel: Luke 8:16-18

Let us pray.

Father, in the midst of every situation in which we find ourselves, instead of lamenting our condition, may we pray asking how what seems evil and oppressive, filled with anguish and suffering, can be turned into blessing for ourselves and others. May we always, as with the people in captivity in Babylon, and with Jesus on the Cross, place all of our trust in you, that by accepting your life and power and making it truly our own, we may find deliverance.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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