Sept. 27: Thursday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Bible moralisée, Haggai speaks to Zerubbabel and Joshua, son of Josedech, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, c.1465

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Haggai 1:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gospel: Luke 9:7-9

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured, says the Lord (NRSV, Haggai 1:7-8).

Let us pray,

Father, even your prophet Haggai understood you as desiring a dwelling for your own pleasure and honour. What does it take for us to learn that festivals and places of worship are for us, not you, because they enable us to focus our thoughts and our prayers more fully on you? May we rejoice in sacred time and sacred space as they encourage us to make you and your coming kingdom the center and goal of everything that we are and do.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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