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First Reading for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Summary: God teaches justice through power and mercy, demonstrating that the just must be compassionate and offering hope for repentance.

Lessons in Mercy

There is no god besides you who have the care of all, that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.

For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved; and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity. But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us; for power, whenever you will, attends you.

And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins.

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