TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Combined Readings

READINGS FROM THE SCRIPTURES AND WISE QUOTES ON GRIEVING, COMFORT, HOPE.

Reader 1:

Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil;

For you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.     Ps 23

 

I have placed before you an open door, that no one can shut.    Rev  3

 

Come to me, all you who are weary, for I will give you rest.    Matt.11

Reader 2:

Give your anxieties to God, because you have a God who does care for you.  1 Peter

 

Your word O God is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.   Ps 119

 

Behold old things are passed away and now all things become new.  2Cor 5

Reader 3:

It is the Spirit who marches before you; she will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.      Deut.31

 

They were found in a wilderness, a wasteland of howling desert.  And they were shielded and were cared for. The Spirit guarded them as the apple of her eye.   Deut.32

 

Choose life then, that you may live. By loving your God and listening to God’s voice, you will hold fast to love.   Deut.30

 

Reader 1:

By waiting and by calm you shall have life.

In quiet and in trust your strength lies.

God is waiting to show you favor.    Is. 30

 

Reader 2:

We may be afraid because we know not what the future holds.

Still, in the silence we know we are all one in the hands of

a loving God,  who loves us all and leads us onward.    Rom 15

 

So then live a life of gratitude for all the signs of life and beauty

around you every day and that leads you to action. That tells us the Spirit is still alive and moving in our world.  

Reader 3:

We may not control all the events that happen in life

But we can decide not to be reduced by them.

 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

 

Reader 1:

I have learned that even when I have pain

I don’t have to be one.

 

Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.

As long as you are breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

 

Do the best you can until you know better

Then when you know better, do better.

 

Reader 2:

Do not dwell forever in the past.

For see, I am doing a new thing.

Even now it springs up before you.

Do you not perceive it.

 

If you concentrate on what you don’t have

You will never have enough. Be thankful therefore for what you have.

 

Reader 3:

The place you are now, is simply the place you are now.

But every place you are is always holy ground.

Tread lightly therefore, and walk in every place you are.

 

Love recognizes no barriers; it jumps hurdles, leaps fences,

Penetrates walls to arrive at its’ destination full of hope.

‘So let your eyes look ahead; fix your gaze before you.’    Prov.4

 

All readers together:   Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you.  Jn 14

 

Response:     ALL:    THANKS BE TO GOD.