Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
1 Timothy 1: 15-17
Gospel Reading
Luke 6: 43-49

Opening Prayer

God of Compassion and Mercy, You accept us as we are.  Your love is so unconditional and free that our human, sinful and limited souls cannot comprehend.  You are so much more powerful than our sins, which Your mercy floods and overwhelms.  We are humbled by Your generous and gracious mercy.  We often stand our ground and live our lives on the shifting sands of our needs and selfishness.  Help us to believe that You love us as You love Your Son, Jesus, who has embraced and saved us, connecting us with You.  Free us to accept the incredible embrace of Your loving mercy, that we might blossom in our world with the fruit of forgiveness and compassion for others.  We ask You this in the Name of Jesus, Who is Your Compassion and Mercy.

Reading I 1 Tm 1:15-17

Beloved:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life. 
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5 and 6-7

R. (2) Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
    praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
    both now and forever.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
    is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
    above the heavens is his glory.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Who is like the LORD, our God,
    and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
    from the dunghill he lifts up the poor.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Alleluia Jn 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:43-49

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”

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