Wednesday in the Thirty Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
Daniel answered the king: "You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for you, O king. (Daniel 5:17)
God of life, King Belshazzar took the vessels which had been removed from the Temple in Jerusalem from his treasury and used them in playful celebration. Perhaps he could have told Daniel, "We were just having a little fun; we didn't mean to offend your God."
The measure of our value cannot be a human standard. Bring before me, Lord, the truth of Your life so I may understand the height and depth of fidelity. Help me remain in Your love without excuse for my failure, but with trust in the measure of Your mercy.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us.