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PRAYER FOR THE THIRD WEEK AFTER EASTER

“O GOD, YOU SHED THE LIGHT OF TRUTH ON THOSE WHO STRAY”

O God, you shed the light of truth on those who stray, that they may return to the way of righteousness; may all who call themselves Christians, reject what is opposed to that name, and eagerly seek out whatever is in keeping with it.

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 (JOHN 14:27-31)

MY OWN PEACE I GIVE YOU.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I bequeath you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say:
I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.
I shall not talk with you any longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way.
He has no power over me,
but the world must be brought to know that I love the Father
and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me.”

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

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (HOSEA 5:15-6:6)

WHAT I WANT IS LOVE, NOT SACRIFICE.

The Lord says this:
They will search for me in their misery:
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us;
he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds;
after a day or two he will bring us back to life,
on the third day he will raise us
and we shall live in his presence.
Let us set ourselves to know the Lord;
that he will come is as certain as the dawn,
he will come to us as showers come,
like spring rains watering the earth.”

What am I to do with you, Ephraim?
What am I to do with you, Judah?
This love of yours is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that quickly disappears.
This is why I have torn them to pieces by the prophets,
why I slaughtered them with the words from my mouth,
his judgement will rise like the light,
since what I want is love, not sacrifice;
knowledge of God, not holocausts.

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

 

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