Oct. 17: Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

El Greco, The Repentant Peter, The Phillips Collection, Washington, c. 1600

Readings for Mass
(Wednesday of the 28th week in Ordinary Time, Year I))
First Reading: Romans 2:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
Gospel: Luke 11:42-46

Or do you despise the riches of God's kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance (NRSV, Romans, 2:4)?

Let us pray.

Father, may we learn of your kindness, your forbearance, and your patience that lead us to repentance. You refuse to allow us to wallow in our sinfulness but are unrelenting in your pursuit of us. Nothing will hinder your winning us over to your love and forgiveness neither in this world or in the world to come. The Word, now made flesh in Jesus, is always present to us calling us home to you. May we turn away from sin and selfishness in this moment of decsion and begin to live only for you.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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