MONDAY (August 17, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.” (Isaiah 56:1)

Reading
“I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:1–2, 13–15)

Meditation
God rejects no one. In fact, time and time again, the Scriptures show us that God goes out of His way to save His people—and all people. Often it takes rather drastic and seemingly odd measures to get people to wake up. Those who He came to save, ought to be the ones rejoicing and spreading the Word, but often they are the ones who are grumbling, like the Israelites in the wilderness. In fact, they may even reject God. But, God always, always receives them back—and us too. No matter what!

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Jim with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross his path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer