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Reading I: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Responsorial Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Give us peaceful souls and trusting hearts
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Mark 1:21-28

The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority
       and not as the scribes.

Dear God,

our
hope
is
that
you will
amaze us;
 
win us
with your words;

spellbind us
 with your love.

And let us, with you,
cast out unclean spirits
 from this world:

human
 trafficking,
the pandemic,
the climate crisis,
racial bias,
poverty,
greed,
war.

Make the
unclean spirits
obey you,

in
our
small
 efforts.


THE FIRST READING

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin.

God,
do you raise up prophets
as in the time
 of Moses?

Let us find them all around
 as you put your words
 into their mouths.

Let us listen.
Let us
  hear.


THE SECOND READING
1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Brothers and Sisters:
I should like you to be free of anxieties.

Lord
of Peace,

we want to love you only,
minus distractions,
 
minus
anxieties.

Give us
peaceful souls
and trusting hearts
this day and all our days,
free of distractions and anxieties.

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