6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 06 Feb 2017
stained glass of Moses and the Law from parish church, Henley on Thames, Lawrence Lew OP, Flickr

God who teach us that that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Open my eyes that I may consider the wonders of your law.
Psalm 118

Speak Lord, your servant is listening, you have the message of eternal life. 
Gospel Acclamation (verse)

Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish them but to complete them.
Gospel (Matthew 5: 17)

As I prepare to pray, I take a moment to become still. I try to put aside any distractions and place my concerns into God’s loving hands.
I read this brief prayer once or twice and give myself time to absorb its meaning. I make the prayer my own. I imagine how different my life would be if everything I did was guided by God’s law of love.
Today I can begin again and claim God’s promise to dwell in me as I try to do what is just and right. I spend time with my Father and pray for the grace I need to always live in his presence. I allow myself to remain still for a while.
The readings this week are concerned with the Law of God and the way it will help us live happy and fulfilled lives. It is not a set of restrictive rules. As I settle down to pray this week’s scripture texts, I may want to bring to mind my own relationship with rules and laws and ask the Spirit to guide my prayer.