Our first reading today is from the opening verses of Chapter Twelve of “The Letter to the Hebrews.” Let me offer you the first six verses that I use as a prayer.
“Since we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and the sin entangling us.
And persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfection of faith.
And he has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when disciplined by him,
For whom the Lord loves he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
On its own, it stands as a prayer.