The Collect for this Sunday:
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things,
and, that we may feel the working of your mercy,
grant that we may serve you with all our heart.
The first reading is from the Book of Sirach: 27:30-28:7
The Responsorial Psalm 103: 1-4, 9-12
"The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion."
"Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name.... "
The second reading is from Paul's Letter to the Romans, 14:7-9
The Gospel is from Matthew 18:21-35
It begins with Peter asking how often must he forgive one who sins against him and Jesus tells him, 'I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." And then Jesus tells them parable of the King who forgave a debtor a huge amount; that same person found one of his fellow servants who owed him much less and had no mercy on him. You know the story and it was told by Jesus to teach us to be merciful.