Readings for Mass
First Reading: Malachi 3:13-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gospel: Luke 11:5-13
'If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (NRSV, Luke 11:13)!’
Let us pray.
Father, in our foolishness we ask for so many things, for this and then for that, never ceasing. If only we could realize that there is one gift that you offer us always even before our asking, the gift of a share in your own divine life, offered always through your Word in the Holy Spirit. May our prayers rather conform ourselves to this one great gift that empowers us to do all that need be done. In every moment, encouraged by our prayers, may we grow in the gift of your divine life and share it with our sisters and brothers through loving service.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.