"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest." Here I am, Lord. I come to seek your presence.
I long for your healing power.
By God’s grace I was born to live in freedom,
free to enjoy the pleasures he created for me.
Lord, grant that I may live as you intended,
with complete confidence in your loving care.
Lord, you are present in all things. I take time to simply sit and be with you so that my mind rests and I can feel your peace.
The Word of God Mark 3:1-6
Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Some thoughts on today's scripture
Jesus, you speak to me through the words of the Gospels. I pray that I will respond to your call today. Teach me to recognise your hand at work in my daily living.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Pope's Prayer Intention for 2021
Pope Francis has a monthly prayer intention for each month.
This month's intention is:
Intention for Evangelization: – Human Fraternity May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.