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Reading I: Acts 9:26-31
Responsorial Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
Reading II: 1 John 3:18-24
Gospel: John 15:1-8

We want to learn to love.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

John 15:1-8

Remain in me as I remain in you

The
branches
move and live and
have their being—in the vine.
The prayer of the spindly branches
is one with the prayer of the anchor vine.
Abba listens to the beseeching of the vine.

Lord,
you tell us to ask for whatever
 we want and it will be
done for us.

We
 want:

no greed
no hunger
no violence
no prejudice
no pandemics
no global warming
no suffering children
no suffering immigrants

We want to learn to love.

Abba, please hear
our prayers.


THE FIRST READING

Acts 9:26-31

Saul reported how … he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

Knock us off our feet
and blind us
with your
light.

Pour
out your Spirit.
Grant us new sight.

Lord,
talk to us
 as you did to Paul,
so we too can speak out boldly

in your name.


THE SECOND READING
1 John 3:18-24

God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. …
We receive from him whatever we ask.

Needs come in droves
with their hands
stretched
out.

You
know
each need
better than we do.
                                                                                          
You know that we lack
one thing only:

You,
our God.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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