Seeking God's Face is a daily, contemplative devotional — rooted in the ancient traditions of the Divine Office and "lectio divina" — guiding you to renewed communion with God through sacred Scripture and universal prayer.

August 17, 2022

— Ordinary Time • Week 11 • Day 4

Invitation Psalm 111:10

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 35:1-3, 17-18

Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.

Take up shield and armor;
arise and come to my aid.

Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.

Say to me,
"I am your salvation."...

How long, Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.

I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among the throngs I will praise you.

Bible Reading Genesis 29:16-25

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me." So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her."

So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"

Quiet

Dwelling

Become aware of God's loving presence and read again ... what in God's Word has caught your heart's attention? Is there a command to be obeyed, a comfort to be savored? Talk to God about the Scripture you've just read ... yield yourself to God and enjoy his presence.

Free Prayer

  • for our national and local communities
  • for the continent of South America
  • for dissolution of the illegal drug industry

Prayer WLC 105

One true God, my disappointments reveal the shrine of idols I carry in my heart. When trophy spouses, promising careers, or picture-perfect families fail or are taken away, my heart's true trust and affection are laid bare. Forgive me for all the things I've chased after in place of you. May the love of Jesus keep my mind, will, and heart fully set on you. Amen.

Blessing Jude 2

"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance."