Old Testament: Proverbs 31:10-31
Epistle: James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
God of unsearchable mystery and light, your weakness is greater than our strength, your foolishness brings all our cleverness to naught, your gentleness confounds the power we would claim. You call first to be last and last to be first, servant to be leader and ruler to be underling of all. Pour into our hearts the wisdom of your Word and Spirit, that we may know your purpose and live to your glory. Amen.
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