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Reading I: Isaiah 22:19-23
Responsorial Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
Reading II: Romans 11:33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

Spirit of God, please fix the love of Christ in us.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 16:13-20

Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living.”

In a flash,

Simon Peter saw
who Jesus
 is:

one 
as fast  
as lightening, 
slow as a breeze 
as it caresses a field.

 Spirit, 
show us too.

Our Christ. Our Jesus.

THE FIRST READING

Isaiah 22:19-23

He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.

Spirit of God, please,

fix the love of Christ in us,
like a round peg
 in a round
 hole.

Make
us your
one Church that
 “fathers-forth”* through the
entire world.

 * Hopkins, Pied Beauty

THE SECOND READING
Romans 11:33-36

How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!

Who has known your mind, O God?
Who has been your
 counselor?

All things are from you
 and through you
 and with
 you.

We
are
on earth
to glorify you
in the depths of your
riches and wisdom and knowledge!

Let us do that,
please.

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