Readings for Mass
First Reading: Romans 6:19-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper (NRSV, Psalm 1:3).
Let us pray.
Father, trees spring up out of fertile ground watered by flowing streams. May we too be planted firmly in the rich, watered soil of your grace that we may grow in stature bearing fruit in all that we do. Of ourselves we would wither and die and return to the nothingness from which we have come. In you all things are possible as we serve you in our sisters and brothers.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.