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“GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO MODEL OUR LIVES ON THE PATTERN SET BY YOU”

Let us pray. Grant us always, O Lord, the Spirit to discern what is good and to carry it into effect; and since we cannot exist without you, give us the strength to model our lives on the pattern set by you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 13:44-52)

HE SELLS EVERYTHING HE OWNS AND BUYS THE FIELD.

Jesus said to the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

“Have you understood all this?” They said, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 8:28-30)

GOD INTENDED US TO BECOME TRUE IMAGES OF HIS SON.

We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S PSALM (PSALM 118)

R. Lord how I love your law!

My part, I have resolved, O Lord,
is to obey your word.
The law from your mouth means more to me
than silver and gold. (R.)

Let your love be ready to console me
by your promise to your servant.
Let your love come to me and I shall live
for your law is my delight. (R.)

That is why I love your commands
more than finest gold,
that is why I rule my life by your precepts:
I hate false ways. (R.)

Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple. (R.)

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING I (1 KINGS 3:5, 7-12)

YOU HAVE ASKED FOR A DISCERNING JUDGEMENT FOR YOURSELF.

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what you would like me to give you.” Solomon replied, “Lord, my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its numbers cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. “Since you have asked for this” the Lord said “and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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INTERCESSIONS ON THE MEMORIAL OF SAINTS JOACHIM AND ANNE

With trust in our Father’s love for us, let us pray:

R. Show mercy to your people, Lord.

You chose Saints Joachim and Anne to be the parents of the Virgin Mary:
– keep all parents faithful to the life to which you have called them. (R.)

You entrust all Christian parents with the task of raising their children to live the Gospel:
– grant them the grace to live what they teach. (R.)

You have promised that even if father and mother abandon us, you will never abandon us:
– keep in your care all abandoned, orphaned, and abused children. (R.)

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

God our Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named, grant us in accord with the riches of your glory to be strengthened with power through your Spirit in the inner self. Grant that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; and that rooted and grounded in love, we may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (cf. Ep 3:14-19)

PRAYER TO SAINTS JOACHIM AND ANNE

Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 13:24-30)

LET THEM BOTH GROW TILL THE HARVEST.

Jesus put a parable before the crowds, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well.

The owner’s servants went to him and said, ‘Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?’ ‘Some enemy has done this,’ he answered. And the servants said, ‘Do you want us to go and weed it out?’

But he said, ‘No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.’”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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