Is 1:10, 16-20 Mt 23: 1-12
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“Make justice your aim”, says Isaiah, “if you are willing.” Justice and all that it entails—goodness, fairness, honor, truth, integrity, virtue—is a worthy aim. But Isaiah’s advice comes with quite a catch—am I willing? Am I willing to commit to justice as my aim? This is certainly easier said than done, and so I pray.
God, you made me, you formed me as your vessel. Your great gifts flow through me. I find that often I do not know the right thing to do, but through your grace and guidance, Lord, I will do it. You have given me love in abundance – love and compassion, too. Please, allow me to serve you as I am – your vessel, overflowing with your love and compassion – your gifts. Remove, if you will, my fear. Replace it with a confidence that acting on your behalf, pouring out your gifts, I will be contributing to your desire for peace, hope and love, within and among us. Help me to show the saving power of God. Help me to be your humble servant vessel. Amen.
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