Oct. 8: Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Johann Christoph Weigel, Jonah Flees,
from Biblia ectypa: Bildnussen auss Heiliger Schrifft Alt und Neuen Testaments, 1695

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Jonah 1:1--2:1, 11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 8
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).

Let us pray.

Father, what makes us to be human beings is not, as many argue, the gift of reason. It is your constant presence to us through your Word offering us in the Holy Spirit a share in your divine life. There is no way that we can escape your presence, not only because you are everywhere as the universal cause, but because your very presence defines our humanity. Poor Jonah who did not recognize the life and power that you offer to all that enables us to accomplish whatever needs to to be done. May we rejoice in the great gift of our life and allow your love that is the Holy Spirit to fill us and go out from us to all of our sisters and brothers.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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