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Reading I: Jeremiah 20:10-13
Responsorial Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Reading II: Romans 5:12-15
Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33

We will stand up straight and proclaim your Word
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 10:26-33

Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid.

God knows us better than we know ourselves;
loves every freckle and fiber of us.
God counts us worthy
 to spread the
 Word.

But

we can’t breathe, Jesus.
We have no control of
virus or climate,
and there is a
knee on our
neck.

“No fear,”
you tell us!

 Breathe in us again and be our nerve and our backbone.
We will stand up straight and proclaim your Word
in a loud voice to all the people,
in all the places, times
and events of
our lives.


THE FIRST READING

Jeremiah 20:10-13

But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion.

Panic
everywhere.

Jeremiah told us,
through his gritted teeth.

“Praise the  Lord!
  Sing!”

O
God
of all hope,

when our lives come crashing
 around us, when there’s
terror on every side,
let us hold on to
just one
 thing:

trust

in your mercy.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 5:12-15

For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
      …  overflow for the many.

The gift of grace,
the life of
Jesus,
overflows
and roots out,
slashes to nothing,
all our transgressions.

Lord Jesus, let us all receive
your grace.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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