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Gospel Reflection

Would any of you who are parents
give your child a weta 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 - Seek the kingdom

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22 Then turning to his disciples he said, "Don't worry about whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. 23 For life consists of far more than food and clothes. 24 Look at the ravens - they don't plant or harvest or have barns to store away their food, and yet they get along all right - for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!

25 "And besides, what's the use of worrying? What good does it do? Will it add a single day to your life? Of course not! 26 And if worry can't even do such little things as that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 "Look at the lilies! They don't toil and spin, and yet Solomon in all his glory was not robed as well as they are. 28 And if God provides clothing for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, don't you suppose that he will provide clothing for you, you doubters? 29 And don't worry about food - what to eat and drink; don't worry at all that God will provide it for you. 30 All mankind scratches for its daily bread, but your heavenly Father knows your needs. 31 He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

32 "So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will fatten your purses in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no rips or holes in them. Your treasures there will never disappear; no thief can steal them; no moth can destroy them. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.

. . . Luke 12:22-34

In the heavenly kingdom,
the blessèd have their dwelling place;
and their rest for ever and ever.

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.