The Word This Week

“No man is an island…” How true this is for those who follow Christ: each of us has responsibilities towards each other, based on our ‘debt of mutual love’. When we see wickedness and wrongdoing, then because of our privileged position of following the Lord Jesus, we have a duty to speak out. This will not always be easy – remember the prophet Jeremiah last week – but
this was the mission of our Lord Jesus himself, and as his followers, it is our mission too. As with everything, love is ‘the answer to every one of the commandments.’

Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 3)
Ezekiel 33: 7 – 9
Response: Psalm 94
Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

Come in; let as bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us,
for he is our God and we /
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voiced
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert /
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.”

Romans 13: 8 – 10
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord,
consecrate us in the truth.
Alleluia!

Matthew 18: 15 – 20
Prayer of the Faithful: R/.Lord, save us.

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