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Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10
Responsorial Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
Reading II: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

Lord, fill us with your gifts of wisdom.
(Introductory Prayers)

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Matthew 11:2-11

Go and tell John what you hear and see.

you make
the blind to see.

Help us to see our neighbors’ needs.

You open deaf ears to hear.
Please open our ears
to hear the cry
of the poor.

You made
clean the lepers.
Clean us too, we beg,
 of the many wrongs we do,
and the right things we fail to do.

mute tongues
want to sing your praise.
We want to leap in joy like the stag.

Heal us, please.


Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened: be strong, fear not!

sorrow, grief.
Be strong, O heart.
Christ himself labors within us,
making our knees strong and limbs agile.

Come, joy and gladness. Come to us.
Make our prairies and deserts
bloom into meadows
of flowers.

O God,

we watch for you, and
count the ways
you come
to us.


James 5:7-10

You too must be patient.

the farmer await
the precious yield of the soil.

Precious Jesus,
we await your presence
every moment of our lives.

Come to us
 bit by bit,
 day by 

Teach us
to wait for the
exquisite yield of your

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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