Oct. 29: Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Alexander Master, Christ Heals a Woman Bent-over and the Parable of the Fig Tree, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, c. 1430

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Romans 8:12-17
Responsorial Psalm: 68:2, 4, 6-7, 20-21
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

‘And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day (NRSV, Luke 13:16)?’

Let us pray.

Father, in every situation in which we find ourselves you are there calling us out of that situation to a better reality, a freedom that is more free. We find ourselves always enslaved whether by the Egyptians or the Babylonians or laws of our own making. We set aside a day to worship you and then we make of it a day that is burdensome and oppression for those in need. May we be ready at all times to break out of each and every situation and grow in your life that you always offer us and in our understanding of you and the future to which you call us.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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