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Reading I: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a
Responsorial Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
Reading II: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42

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

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 10:37-42

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple
   —amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.

What is needed most
now?

For our whole earth, it is clean air,
it’s a vaccine for a virus end,
it’s a meal for the hungry.
For our racial problems
it is justice and love,
for all who thirst,
it’s a cup of
water.

O
God,
you ask
 little of us.
Please help us
 give each other the
“cup of water” we all
need. Give us desire and
your knowledge and insight
to fix all the problems we have.

Let us not ignore even one soul’s need.
Every one of us thirsts for you.


THE FIRST READING

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

“I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often,
let us arrange a little room on the roof. … ”

When
prophets, such
as a Romero, speak,
they lay down their lives.

If we are not ready to go that far,
to speak out loud and clear,
then give us the grace
to stand by them,
   and learn …

learn
to speak quietly, each
in our own way,
for you.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

… You too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

What does it mean
O Christ?

First, to receive prophets,
and other times to
become one?

Will you help us offer a cup of cold water,
and let us receive it?

Be with us
every
minute
 of our lives.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go http://www.ltp.org