21st Sunday Year C

PRIEST:     Jesus challenges any temptation to complacency:  we do not have an automatic ticket into the Kingdom. Everyday, we need to say ‘YES’ again to entering by the narrow gate of Christ’s radical love. That we come often to Mass, that we pray frequently, that we keep the Catholic rules – none of these things brings salvation – the narrow gate is simply to love – to love more and more deeply, more and more widely.  In the end nothing else really matters.  Let us seek forgiveness for our failures to place love above all else in our lives.

READER:              When we are tempted to do the minimum required,
                                   …settling for the opposite of a life motivated by love!

                                                               LORD HAVE MERCY

For every exclusiveness of heart:
                                    that excludes others from our concern or our community;
                                    that thinks we alone are special…

                                                               CHRIST HAVE MERCY

When we treat prayer and worship like a divine insurance policy,
                                    seeking a false sense of security,
                                    dulling our openness to faith and love…

                                                               LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:                May the God of Universal Love,
                                        forgive all narrowness of heart among us;
                                  May Jesus, brother to all peoples and races,
                                        break down the barriers that divide;
                                  May the Spirit of Divine Love burn the narrow gate
                                        of ever-expanding love into our hearts;
                                  and bring all the earth’s people into everlasting life

                                                               AMEN!

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