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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.

For our whole earth it is clean air.
For war’s end it’s a peace treaty.
For a virus end it’s a vaccine.
For the hungry it’s a meal.
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 those souls that
thirst. We all thirst for your living water.


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. …

At times,
when prophets
like 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

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.

To live for God.

O Christ,
what does it mean?

Are we to receive the prophet,
and at other times to
become united?

Will you help us offer a cup of cold water,
but let us also to receive one?

Be with us every minute
of our lives.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin 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