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Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26
Responsorial Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40

Please help us receive the gospel.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 22:34-40

The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.

“Love the Lord, your God
with all your heart
with all your soul
and with all
your mind.

“And love your neighbor
as yourself.”

Lord,
let this be.
Show us how.

Let
your love be
the lens that lets us see,
the map that takes us where we go,
the power that enlivens our lives,
the light pointing to the path,
and the very grace
that saves
us.

O
God,
kindly
fill us with
your 
 love. 


THE FIRST READING

Exodus 22:20-26

If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.

Lord,
remind us
that the needy:
the immigrants—the
 widows, the oppressed,
 the victims of discrimination,
  the orphans, the poor,
   our common home,
      all our neighbors—
are for sure
friends of
 yours.
                                                                                        
Make
 them our
friends too. Let
 us be your compassion.


THE SECOND READING
1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth.

Paul’s people received the word
from the Holy Spirit.
with joy.

They did not just light a lamp;
they became the lamp.

Everyone they met
could find the
 way.

O God,
send your Spirit.

Let us too be
 your light.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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