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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, friend of sinners,
you call us to love our enemies,
to do good to those who hate us,
to bless those who curse us,
and pray for those who treat us badly.
Jesus, teacher without peer,
you have turned the world upside down.

Gospel Reading - Things old and new

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44“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure a man discovered in a field. In his excitement, he sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field — and get the treasure, too!

45“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46He discovered a real bargain — a pearl of great value — and sold everything he owned to purchase it!

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52Then he added, “Those experts in Jewish law who are now my disciples have double treasures — from the Old Testament as well as from the New!”a

. . . . Matthew 13:44-46,52
  1. Literally, “brings back out of his treasure things both new and old.” The paraphrase is of course highly anachronistic!

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.