Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Reading 1 JER 20:10-13
Jeremiah said: “I hear the whisperings of many: ‘Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. ‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.’ But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause. Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!”
Reading 2 ROM 5:12-15
Brothers and sisters: Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned— for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world, though sin is not accounted when there is no law. But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come.
But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.
Gospel MT 10:26-33
Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
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The Prayers of the Faithful
For the Church, that we may have the confidence to proclaim the Good News from the housetops. We pray to the Lord, LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
That all of us across this planet, our common home, may take the steps necessary to making the Earth a livable, bountiful, and beautiful home for generations to come. We pray to the Lord, LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For all of our fathers and father figures, who have loved and guided us throughout our lives, those who are living and those who have passed on to eternal life, that they may always enjoy God’s loving care. We pray to the Lord, LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For all who depend on the fruitfulness of the earth for their livelihood, that they may be blessed with good weather and a successful growing season this summer. We pray to the Lord, LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For those who are affected by COVID19 that God will help them through this terrible time and for the entire world as we face this pandemic. We pray to the Lord, LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
For the departed, who remain with us in our prayers and our memories, and for the promise of a joyful reunion, and especially for Matthew Drumm, Jack Harned, Robert Ledvina, Charlie Sullivan, Cecelia Vinzons and Patrick Walsh.
In many places in the world receiving Holy Communion is not possible. Catholics in these areas are encouraged to make “Spiritual Communion.” St.Teresa of Jesus wrote about this practice:
“When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”
Renewed and nourished by the memorial of the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of your Son, we ask of your mercy, O Lord, that what we celebrate with constant devotion may be our sure pledge of redemption. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN
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