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Gospel Reflection

Would any of you who are parents
give your child a wētā when asked for a fish?
Bad as you are, you know what to give your children;
how much more will the heavenly Father
give to those who ask.

Believe what Jesus says,
God is generous; God is good.

Gospel Reading - Blessed are the peacemakers

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1-2One day as the crowds were gathering, he went up the hillside with his disciples and sat down and taught them there.

3“Humble men are very fortunate!” he told them, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. 4Those who mourn are fortunate! for they shall be comforted. 5The meek and lowly are fortunate! for the whole wide world belongs to them.

6“Happy are those who long to be just and good, for they shall be completely satisfied. 7Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. 8Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God. 9Happy are those who strive for peace — they shall be called the sons of God. 10Happy are those who are persecuted because they are good, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11“When you are reviled and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers —wonderful! 12Be happy about it! Be very glad! for a tremendous reward awaits you up in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted too.

. . . . .Matthew 5:1-12

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.