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Gospel Reflection

The time has come;
the kingdom of God is upon us.
Let us repent and believe the gospel.

Gospel Reading - Angels in the Father’s presence

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1About that time the disciples came to Jesus to ask which of them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven!

2Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, 3and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5And any of you who welcomes a little child like this because you are mine is welcoming me and caring for me. 6But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose his faith,ad it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea.

7“Woe upon the world for all its evils.b Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but woe to the man who does the tempting. 8So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Better to enter heaven crippled than to be in hell with both of your hands and feet. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. Better to enter heaven with one eye than to be in hell with two.

10“Beware that you don’t look down upon a single one of these little children. For I tell you that in heaven their angels have constant accessc to my Father.

. . . . .Matthew 18:1-10
  1. Literally, “to stumble.”
  2. Literally, “because of occasions of stumbling.”
  3. Or “do always behold.”

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.