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Reading I: Sirach 27:30-28:7
Responsorial Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Reading II: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

Lord, let us spend our lives loving you.
(Introductory Prayers)

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Matthew 18:21-35

Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?

To receive forgiveness can be joyful for us.
We can be glad and at peace,
like walking out of jail.

forgiving others:
not so easy.

please help us
break the bonds
of our refusal to forgive!
Please let us use your strength
to remove our shackles.

Teach us
how to forgive others
in the same way you forgive us.

To forgive,
and then to forget.

No strings attached.


Sirach 27:30-28:7

Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray,
your own sins will be forgiven.

our grip.

Do not
let us clutch
wrath and anger
so tightly.

Please help us let them go,
to forgive those who trespass against us,
or against any of your children,
 or your planet.

Romans 14:7-9

None of us lives for oneself.

Do we
style ourselves
makers and masters?

God forbid such a fate.

Oh, creator of everything that exists,
truly, you made us out of love,
no holding back.

Let us spend our lives
loving you, and our
neighbor in

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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