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Reading I: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Responsorial Psalm: 54:3-4, 5, 6, 8
Reading II: James 3:16-4:3
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Christ, you are love, which gets its meaning from you.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Mark 9:30-37

If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all
and the servant of all.

Who is greatest?
Who is first?

Jesus,
you were born in a stable
needing everything,
having only
 life.

Then you were on the cross,
needing eveything,
having no
life.

Yet
you are
 greatest of all.

You taught the disciples
as you journeyed through Galilee.

Teach us.

To love you.

 To care for your children, to serve your poor,
to welcome the immigrant,
to free the prisoner.

Lord, we ask you,
give us only

your  
  grace.  


THE FIRST READING

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

Let us find out what will happen to him.

He answered the mocking tongues with silence only
 Never did he ask anyone to take his cross away,
or wipe the blood and saliva from his face.
 Forsaken, he cried out to his Father,
just one time before he died.
 His mother and his friends 
laid him out in a
borrowed
 tomb.

He
had
shown
his gentleness to
the Father, to us as well.
And, yes, God took care of him,
and us in him. It was for us he came,
for us he suffered, for us he won the battle.
He rose from the dead and because of this, so do we.

God loved the world and all of us in it. Death, where is your sting?


THE SECOND READING

James 3:16-4:3

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.

Lord,
 please help us to
care for your garden of peace,
cleaving only to your holy teachings:
to

• feed them with love.

• sprinkle them with truth.

• weed them every day.

• make room for them to grow.

• sow some seeds.
(hardy ones, like mercy
    and forgiveness)
• and wait


Then, finally
to share his goodness
  (with everyone we know.)


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