Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, c. 1200
Readings for Mass
First Reading: Jonah 4:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
Gospel: Luke 11:1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples (NRSV, Luke 11:1).’
Let us pray.
Father, may we continue to learn from Jesus, the Word now made flesh, always present to us. May we come to understand that prayer which gives you praise and glory cannot change you because you cannot change. We are always in your presence, Father, but prayer brings us consciously into that presence and prepares us to accept your forgiveness and reconciliation, to accept more fully the share in your life always offered to us. We are the ones who must change through prayer. Through prayer may we grow constantly in your life and power sharing everything with our sisters and brothers through loving them in the Holy Spirit.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.