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Meditation: Matthew 9:14-17

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Independence Day (USA) (Optional Memorial)

(Use the readings below or for Independence Day, any readings from the Lectionary for Ritual Masses (vol. IV), the Mass “For the Country or a City,” nos. 882-886, or “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891.)

Entrance Antiphon

Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you;
hear the prayers of your servants
and guide us in the way of justice. Cf. Sir 36:18-19

Gloria

(When it is prescribed, this hymn is either said or sung:)

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Collect

God of justice, Father of truth,
who guide creation in wisdom and goodness
to fulfillment in Christ your Son,
open our hearts to the truth of his Gospel,
that your peace may rule in our hearts
and your justice guide our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
OR
Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask your help,
and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Amos 9:11-15

Thus says the Lord:
On that day I will raise up
the fallen hut of David;
I will wall up its breaches,
raise up its ruins,
and rebuild it as in the days of old,
That they may conquer what is left of Edom
and all the nations that shall bear my name,
say I, the Lord, who will do this.
Yes, days are coming,
says the Lord,
When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
and the vintager, him who sows the seed;
The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,
and all the hills shall run with it.
I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities,
Plant vineyards and drink the wine,
set out gardens and eat the fruits.
I will plant them upon their own ground;
never again shall they be plucked
From the land I have given them,
say I, the Lord, your God.

Psalm 85

R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the Lord—for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land. R.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. R.
The Lord himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me. Jn 10:27
Alleluia, alleluia.

Matthew 9:14-17

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, Lord God, these gifts we bring to this altar
and, having taught us through the wisdom of the Gospel,
lead us to true justice and lasting peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OR
Father, who have molded into one
our nation, drawn from the peoples of many lands,
grant, that as the grains of wheat become one bread
and the many grapes one cup of wine,
so we may before all others be instruments of your peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light, we see light. Ps 36 (35):10

Prayer after Communion

By showing us in this Eucharist, O Lord,
a glimpse of the unity and joy
of your people in heaven,
deepen our unity and intensify our joy,
that all who believe in you
may work together to build the city of lasting peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OR
May the love we share in this Eucharist, heavenly Father,
flow in rich blessing throughout our land
and by your grace may we as a nation
place our trust in you
and seek to do your will.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Matthew 9:14-17

Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? (Matthew 9:15)

St. Teresa of Ávila once prayed, “God save us from gloomy saints!” Now, she wasn’t saying that saints need to go about with plastered-on smiles. She was getting at what Jesus told the disciples of John in today’s Gospel: when he is with us, his presence lifts us up and comforts us.

Does this mean that you will never feel sad? Or that if you do feel sad, you are not being a good Christian? Of course not! But knowing that Jesus is with you can be a source of tremendous comfort and contentment in the midst of hard circumstances. Let’s reflect on this a bit more:

“Jesus, you are with us! You became man so that you could be close to us—to walk with us in person, to love us in person, to heal us in person, to teach us in person. As a man, you understand what we go through. You felt disappointment and sorrow. And you felt joy and happiness. You are close to the whole Church, your bride, but you are also close to me personally.

“Jesus, you are with us! We are in that in-between period, Lord, when you are no longer with us in person, but we haven’t yet been brought into your heavenly presence. Thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter while we await your return. Thank you for giving us the Spirit in the sacraments, in the Scriptures, and in our own hearts—so that we can be confident that you are always with us, ‘until the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20). By your Spirit, help me trust that you walk arm in arm with me in my sorrows and my joys.

“Jesus, our Bridegroom, I will rejoice in you! I can’t control the things life brings my way, but I can control how I respond. So I will try not to let anything rob me of the peace and joy I have in you—not relationship problems, not conflict in the world, not politics, not financial worries. Even in sickness, I will accept your invitation to walk more closely with you. And so I will rejoice in you.”

“Jesus, I believe you are always with me! Help me to cast aside all gloominess and find joy in your presence!”

Amos 9:11-15
Psalm 85:9-14

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