Opening Prayer: Luke 18: 9-14

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Luke 18: 9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.  It comes from the Order of Carmelites website.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Luke 18: 9-14)

Lord our God,
you yourself remind us through your holy people
that all our religious practices are not worth anything
if we use them to bend you our way.

God, may we come to you
in humility and repentance,
ready to encounter you in love
and to turn your way.
Accept us as your sons and daughters,
together with Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord forever.

~ from the Order of Carmelites website (alt).