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Reading 1, Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
13 For there is no god, other than you, who cares for every one, to whom you have to prove that your sentences have been just.
16 For your strength is the basis of your saving justice, and your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.
18 But you, controlling your strength, are mild in judgement, and govern us with great lenience, for you have only to will, and your power is there.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
5 Lord, you are kind and forgiving, rich in faithful love for all who call upon you.
6 Yahweh, hear my prayer, listen to the sound of my pleading.
10 For you are great and do marvellous deeds, you, God, and none other.
15 But you, Lord, God of tenderness and mercy, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and loyalty,
16 turn to me and pity me. Give to your servant your strength, to the child of your servant your saving help,
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Gospel, Matthew 13:24-43
25 While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off.
26 When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, then the darnel appeared as well.
27 The owner’s labourers went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?”
28 He said to them, “Some enemy has done this.” And the labourers said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?”
29 But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it.
32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air can come and shelter in its branches.’
34 In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables.
36 Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable about the darnel in the field.’
37 He said in reply, ‘The sower of the good seed is the Son of man.
39 the enemy who sowed it, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels.
40 Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time.
42 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
43 Then the upright will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears should listen!
Reading 2, Romans 8:26-27
26 And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words;
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