Old Testament: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Epistle: James 5:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
O God, our guide and help in alien and contentious places: as Esther prayed faithfully and worked courageously for the deliverance of your people, strengthen us to confront the oppressor and free the oppressed, so that all people may know the justice and unity of your realm. Amen.
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