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Reading I: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Responsorial Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Reading II: Romans 8:26-27
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43

Lord of all: tend to our earth.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 13:24-43

The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed …

A
massive tree
   grows from a tiny seed. ...

Like the
mustard tree
with the birds from the sky
that are dwelling in its branches,

you have given us
all we need to
grow into
your
loving
 family.

Let us care deeply for one another, and
for our environment, for its
air, plants, water, and
peaceful beasts.

Nourish us with your grace.
Help us grow in care.
One tiny grace
is enough
for us.


THE FIRST READING

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

For though you are the master of might, you judge with clemency.

Gentle God,
by Jesus’ example, you teach
that justice is kind,
that power
can
be
merciful.

Let us learn from you.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 8:26-27

For we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes
        with inexpressible groanings.

Holy Spirit,
dwelling
in us,

take our
trivial prayers, and
weave them into your own.

When the Father searches our hearts, please
show him your infinite acts of love
intertwined with our
small ones.

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