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Reading I: Isaiah 2:1-5
Responsorial Psalm 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Reading II: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44

Lord, let us climb your holy mountain.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 24:37-44

Therefore, stay awake!  So too, you also must be prepared.

Come,
 Lord Jesus,
make us ready
for your kingdom.

Let us find you
in the crimson colored dusk,
in the crescent moon and flying geese,

Let us see you

in laughing children,
in our brothers and sisters
everywhere.

Make us

always awake, watching for you, prepared,
with our hearts open
wide.

Teach us how to “greet you
the days we meet you
and bless when we
understand.”

Quotation from “The Wreck of the Deutschland” by G.M. Hopkins


THE FIRST READING

Isaiah 2:1-5

They will beat their swords into plowshares.

No
more war!
War never again!
Let us drop our weapons;
turn our missile cruisers into lifeboats.

We yearn to walk in your light, washed in your peace.
Let us rise from every village and city on earth,
and climb your holy mountain
together.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 13:11-14

Let us throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Now
 is the hour to
rouse from our sleep
and take up the work of the day.

Jesus, be our light this day.
Throw darkness
out.

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