TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Alternate Second Reading: A Ute Prayer

A Ute Prayer

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.

Each teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation
as the leave which die in the. fall.

Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself.

A Ute Prayer