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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, you are the good shepherd,
The Father loves you because you are willing to give your life;
no one takes your life from you;
you give it up of your own free will;
you are the good shepherd.

Jesus is the good shepherd who understands our frailty,
and knows each one of us by name.

Gospel Reading - Enduring to the end

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16“I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Be as wary as serpents and harmless as doves. 17But beware! For you will be arrested and tried, and whipped in the synagogues. 18Yes, and you must stand trial before governors and kings for my sake. This will give you the opportunity to tell them about me, yes, to witness to the world.

19“When you are arrested, don’t worry about what to say at your trial, for you will be given the right words at the right time. 20For it won’t be you doing the talking — it will be the Spirit of your heavenly Father speaking through you!

21“Brother shall betray brother to death, and fathers shall betray their own children. And children shall rise against their parents and cause their deaths. 22Everyone shall hate you because you belong to me. But all of you who endure to the end shall be saved. 23“When you are persecuted in one city, flee to the next! I[a] will return before you have reached them all!

. . . . .Matthew 10:16-23
  1. Literally, “The Son of Man.”

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.