Reading and Prayer – November 3

Reading: Isaiah 29:18-21

In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,

    and out of gloom and darkness

    the eyes of the blind will see.

Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;

    the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

The ruthless will vanish,

    the mockers will disappear,

    and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—

those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,

    who ensnare the defender in court

    and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.

Prayer:

O God, we pray for all those in our world

who are suffering from injustice:

because of their race, color, or religion;

for those imprisoned

for working for the relief of oppression;

for those who are hounded

for speaking the inconvenient truth;

for those tempted to violence

as a cry against overwhelming hardship;

for those deprived of reasonable health and education;

for those suffering from hunger and famine;

for those too weak to help themselves

and who have no one else to help them;

for the unemployed who cry out

for work but do not find it.

We pray for anyone of our acquaintance

who is personally affected by injustice.

Forgive us, Lord, if we unwittingly share in the conditions

or in a system that perpetuates injustice.

Show us how we can serve your children

and make your love practical by washing their feet.

Amen.

–              Mother Teresa of Calcutta