Sept. 26: Wednesday of the 25th week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Gustave Doré, The Rebuilding of the Temple

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Ezra 9:5-9
Responsorial Psalm: Tobit 13:2, 3-4, 6, 7-8, 6
Gospel: Luke 9:1-6

‘For we are slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to give us new life to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judea and Jerusalem (NRSV, Ezra 9:9).’

Let us pray.

Father, your prophet Ezra understood that you give your people new life. What he failed to grasp is that this new life is your very own divine life which you offer to us in every situation, in every time and place, through your Word always present to us. The Jews, returning from Babylon, sought to rebuild the Temple that you might once again find an abode among them, not realizing that all are called in their humanity to be temples of your Holy Spirit, with you living within us. May we grow in that divine life in every moment, now and into eternity.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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