Saturday in the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time / Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 20-21)
Lord God, You keep us from stumbling, You steady us when we stumble, You pick us up when we stumble and fall, You heal us when we are injured. When we notice others wavering, stumbling, fallen or injured, do we offer the mercy that is Yours to offer the assistance of our faith, our prayer, our steadiness and our patience?
Mercy is gracious, life-giving, reconciling, humbling. May my desire to offer mercy teach me Your mercy's need in my heart and mind. In order to give, help me accept what You long for me to receive.
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.