Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, priest
Once you were no people but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:10)
Lord God, today Saint Peter cites Hosea as witness to our place with You. It is a rightful place because You have given it to us. We choose to build our own houses of our own stones, but they are not spiritual houses; they are no house because they will not outlast us.
It is Your mercy that builds and rebuilds. Lead my longings toward the pure spiritual milk through which we may grow into Your house, Your salvation. We have tasted and now know its goodness; let me grow as You nourish, strengthen as You heal, and rise as You save us, in the sacrifice of a living stone, rejected, but chosen and precious in Your sight.
Saint Philip Neri, pray for us.