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Reading I: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Responsorial Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
Reading II: 2 Thessalonians 2:6-3:5
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38

Lord, have mercy on us.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Luke 20:27-38

They can no longer die, for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
      because they are the ones who will rise.

A
 place where
 no squalls rage and
 where flowers grow wild.

What can we bring along to that place?
Crutches, pain pills, tranquilizers?
How about our hearts,
 and spirits?

Lord,
is there a piece of us
 that never dies?
a sacred
space in us
 where love resides?

Oh widen that space while time remains.
 Let our human hearts flow out
now and forever with
 your boundless,
infinite
 love.


THE FIRST READING

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

It is my choice to die at the hands of men
with the hope God gives
      of being raised up by him.

Jesus, please allow your
gracious pledge
 of resurrection–
help us
to

bear all things, believe all things,
endure all things,
and hope
always
in
you.


THE SECOND READING

2 Thessalonians 2:6-3:5

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us,
so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified

Christ,
give us your grace
and strengthen our hearts,
that your word might
surge out

at
the speed of sound
to every place
  on earth.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) 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