Today's Gospel Reading

  • Fri 23 June
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    The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    First reading

    Deuteronomy 7:6-11

    Moses said to the people: ‘You are a people consecrated to the Lord your God; it is you that the Lord our God has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples on the earth.
    ‘If the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, it was not because you outnumbered other peoples: you were the least of all peoples. It was for love of you and to keep the oath he swore to your fathers that the Lord brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know then that the Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who is true to his covenant and his graciousness for a thousand generations towards those who love him and keep his commandments, but who punishes in their own persons those that hate him. He is not slow to destroy the man who hates him; he makes him work out his punishment in person. You are therefore to keep and observe the commandments and statutes and ordinances that I lay down for you today.’

    Psalm or canticle

    Psalm 102(103):1-4,6-8,10

    My soul, give thanks to the Lord
     all my being, bless his holy name.
    My soul, give thanks to the Lord
     and never forget all his blessings.

    It is he who forgives all your guilt,
     who heals every one of your ills,
    who redeems your life from the grave,
     who crowns you with love and compassion,

    The Lord does deeds of justice,
     gives judgement for all who are oppressed.
    He made known his ways to Moses
     and his deeds to Israel’s sons.

    The Lord is compassion and love,
     slow to anger and rich in mercy.
    He does not treat us according to our sins
     nor repay us according to our faults.

    Second reading

    1 John 4:7-16

    My dear people,
    let us love one another
    since love comes from God
    and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
    Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
    because God is love.
    God’s love for us was revealed
    when God sent into the world his only Son
    so that we could have life through him;
    this is the love I mean:
    not our love for God,
    but God’s love for us when he sent his Son
    to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
    My dear people,
    since God has loved us so much,
    we too should love one another.
    No one has ever seen God;
    but as long as we love one another
    God will live in us
    and his love will be complete in us.
    We can know that we are living in him
    and he is living in us
    because he lets us share his Spirit.
    We ourselves saw and we testify
    that the Father sent his Son
    as saviour of the world.
    If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
    God lives in him, and he in God.
    We ourselves have known and put our faith in
    God’s love towards ourselves.
    God is love
    and anyone who lives in love lives in God,
    and God lives in him.


    Matthew 11:25-30

    Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’

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