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Reading I: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Responsorial Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128,
129-130

Reading II: Romans 8:28-30
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or 44-46

Lord, give us wisdom to know real treasure.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 13:44-52 or 44-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field.”

What
is the pearl
of great price?

A Mercedes,
a portfolio, an oil well,
honor and praise and awards,
kingship over everything we survey?

Or could it be
no walls: all peoples brothers and sisters,
clean air, water and food for everyone?
Neighbor serving neighbor?
Dinner with friends?
A kind word?
Finding
God 
 in all 
 things?

Lord,

give
us the wisdom
to know real treasure.


THE FIRST READING

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Solomon asked you, not for
a long life for himself,
nor for riches,
and not for
the
life of
his enemies,

but for understanding,
to know what
 was right.

O God,
give us, this day,
the understanding we crave
to see the wrongs that surround us.
Give us the will and the
courage to make
them right.

Lord,
give us the wealth of an
understanding
 heart.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 8:28-30

All things work for good for those who love God.

Fond Father,

in everything we try to do,
in every way we turn:
up, down, all
 around,

make it
all work together
when we love
you.

Is
there
is no place
where grace does not
abound?

Deo Gratias.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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