♦Prayer

♦Meditations and Reflections on:

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost

READINGS

Prayer for the Holy Mass

Scripture Readings:

For the Year A

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 7:6-11

Responsorial: Psalm Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10

2nd Reading :1 John 4:7-16

Alleluia: Matthew 11:29AB

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

 

 

FIRST READING           Deuteronomy 7:6-11

 

Moses said to the people: "You are a people sacred to the Lord, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own. It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the Lord loved you and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn to your fathers, that he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Understand, then, that the Lord, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, but who repays with destruction the person who hates him; he does not dally with such a one, but makes him personally pay for it. You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments, the statutes and the decrees which I enjoin on you today."

 

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM          Ps 103:1-2,3-4,8,10

 

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

 

Bless the LORD, O my soul;

and all my being, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

 

He pardons all your iniquities,

he heals all your ills.

He redeems your life from destruction,

he crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

 

He will not always chide,

nor does he keep his wrath forever.

Not according to our sins does he deal with us,

nor does he requite us according to our crimes.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

 

 

SECOND READING           1 John 4:7-16

 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

 

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

 

 

ALLELUIA          Matt 11:29ab

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.

 

 

GOSPEL          Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus exclaimed, "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text © Mother Teresa Center of the Missionaries of Charity

 

 

 

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