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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, you are the good shepherd,
you are willing to die for the sheep.
You are the good shepherd;
as the Father knows you and you know the Father,
in the same way you know your sheep,
and your sheep know you;
you are willing to die for us.
Jesus is the good shepherd who understands our frailty,
and knows each of us by name.

Gospel Reading - From East and West, North and South

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22 He went from city to city and village to village, teaching as he went, always pressing onward toward Jerusalem.

23 Someone asked him, "Will only a few be saved?"

And he replied, 24,25 "The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, for the truth is that many will try to enter but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. Then if you stand outside knocking, and pleading, 'Lord, open the door for us,' he will reply, 'I do not know you.'

26 " 'But we ate with you, and you taught in our streets,' you will say.

27 "And he will reply, 'I tell you, I don't know you. You can't come in here, guilty as you are. Go away.'

28 "And there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth as you stand outside and see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets with the Kingdom of God - 29 for people will come from all over the world to take their places there. 30 And note this: some who are despised now will be greatly honoured then; and some who are highly thought of now will be least important then."

. . . . . Luke 13:22-30

In the heavenly kingdom,
the bless├Ęd 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.