July 7, 2018 Saturday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time-B

Amos 9:11-15

Psalm 85

Matthew 9:14-17

 I will bring about the restoration of my people… Amos 9:14

“…pour new wind into fresh wine skins…”  Mt. 9:17

Lord, it’s wonderful to see that whenever a natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane or earthquake strikes we see how people come together to help rebuild, restore and renew the lives and communities of those affected.  The ruins are taken away and replaced with new homes and businesses and life returns.  You are always urging us to be open to how you want to renew us.  How you desire us to grow in faith and hope.   You love us as we are but you encourage us to grow in trust and to come closer to you.  For it is when we are closest to you that we can live the abundant life you came to give us.  Lord, how do you want to rebuild me?  In what ways can I more fully embrace the peace you offer?  I repent of my past failures to live as you desire.  I push away the ruins of my old habits, the patterns of destructive relationships, and the ways of living that separate me from you.  Jesus, help me to trust in where you are leading me.  Make a new wineskin of me to better experience your love.  Amen.