As We Prepare for our Election
Let us pray:
Gracious and loving God, let your Spirit be with us (me) today. Hear our (my) prayers, and increase in us (me) the will to follow your Son Jesus. Help us (me) to draw on the resources of our (my) faith as we (I) use the opportunities of our democracy to shape a society more respectful of the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, especially the poor and vulnerable. We (I) ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Reading 1 EPH 1:15-23
Brothers and sisters:
Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and of your love for all the holy ones,
I do not cease giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the Church,
which is his Body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Gospel LK 12:8-12
Jesus said to his disciples: 
 “I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say. 
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Did you ever say something good or bad and after it was spoken wonder where "that" came from? Well, it came from you...from someplace in side of you where those feelings/ideas had been forming and taken root.

What Jesus speaks about today is not some mystical intervention by the Holy Spirit. Rather He is reminding us that we internalized the Holy Spirit at Baptism. When we are formed in faith and make the Sacraments and Scripture part of who we are, the grace and knowledge of that familiarity with them is always at our fingertips. We may slip occasionally and God is merciful and forgiving. But when we face the real crisis moments in our lives, we will know what to say or do because we are already familiar with listening to God and following His plan for us.

This is why we call it lifelong faith formation, my friends. We are never complete in the Lord until we rest in His arms in eternity.

Lord give me the grace this day to hear Your voice and see Your face in all that I encounter.
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