Monday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time
This stone that I have set up as a memorial stone shall be God's abode. (Genesis 28:22a)
God of the living, You spoke to Jacob in his dream of a stairway filled with angels. To mark the spot and his vow to You, he left the stone that had been his headrest as memorial. Jacob's promise to follow You if You brought him safely to the same spot was not an open-ended, ambiguous oath. He fear's his brother Esau's anger for deceiving their father and seeming to steal Esau's birthright.
The woman who touched Jesus' tassel said to herself, "If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured." We can make great effort to craft our prayers in such a way that they are specific enough to be answered to our satisfaction, but still vague enough not to close the door on Your providence. Keep my trust, Lord, in the specific plan of Your love for us in Jesus, to direct my way through the doubt and confusion that informs the requests make of You and the lack of clarity the world cannot correct. Give me courage that Your gift of faith will lead me to see salvation in You.
Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us.