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Reading I: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

Holy Spirit, come dwell in us.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 5:38-48

If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well

Who
can turn
 the other cheek,
give away their coat,
go two miles instead of one,
love enemies and pray for all those
who persecutes them?

Us?

Not without you, Lord.

As you did from your cross, let us wage love, not war.
Help us go way beyond being nonviolent.
Give us generosity of spirit.
We want to love
as you
do.


THE FIRST READING

Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Lord,
you told us
we should be holy
and love our neighbors
as
 ourselves.

No half-measures in our loving.
No play-acting.

All our
Neighbors

as ourselves.

Give us your grace.
It's the only
thing we
will
need.


THE SECOND READING

1 Corinthians 3:16-23

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Holy Spirit,
come dwell in us.
Make us temples of God.

Take all our prayers and weave them into your own.
Inform our every choice, every struggle.

We wait for your Holy Breath.
Open us to you.
we ask
this.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin 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