Today is Saturday, November 8th, Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 4: 10-19]

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[10] I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. [11] Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. [12] I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. [13] I can do all things in him who strengthens me. [14] Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. [15] And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedo’nia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only; [16] for even in Thessaloni’ca you sent me help once and again. [17] Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. [18] I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphrodi’tus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. [19] And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

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From Psalm 112 [Ps 112: 1b-2. 5-6. 8a and 9]

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R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

[1] Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! [2] His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

[5] It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. [6] For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever. 

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

[8] His heart is steady, he will not be afraid. [9] He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 16: 9-15]

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[9] And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. [10] “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. [11] If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? [12] And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? [13] No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” [14] The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him. [15] But he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

 

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Today is Friday, November 7th, Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 3: 17 – 4: 1]

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[17] Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. [18] For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. [19] Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things. [20] But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. [21] He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. [4:1] Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.

 

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From Psalm 122 [Ps 122: 1-2. 3-4ab. 4cd-5]

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R. Let us gladly go to the house of The Lord.

[1] I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!" [2] Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

R. Let us gladly go to the house of The Lord.

[3] Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together, [4] to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD.

R. Let us gladly go to the house of The Lord.

As was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. [5] There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.

R. Let us gladly go to the house of The Lord.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 16: 1-8]

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[1] Then he also said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. [2] He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ [3] The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. [4] I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ [5] He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ [6] He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’ [7] Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors 3 of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’ [8] And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.

 

 

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Today is Thursday, November 6th, Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 3: 3-8a]

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[3] For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh. [4] Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If any other man thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: [5] circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee, [6] as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law blameless. [7] But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. [8] Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 105 [Ps 105: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7]

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R. let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

[2] Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! [3] Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! 

R. let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

[4] Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually! [5] Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, 

R. let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

[6] O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! [7] He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

R. let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 15: 1-10]

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[1] Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. [2] And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” [3] So he told them this parable: [4] “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? [5] And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [6] And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ [7] Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. [8] “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? [9] And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ [10] Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

 

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Today is Wednesday, November 5th, Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 2: 12-18]

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[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; [13] for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. [14] Do all things without grumbling or questioning, [15] that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, [16] holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. [17] Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. [18] Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 27 [Ps 27: 1. 4. 13-14]

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R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

[1] The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

[4] One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. 

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

[13] I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! [14] Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 14: 25-33]

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[25] Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, [26] “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. [27] Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. [28] For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? [29] Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, [30] saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’ [31] Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? [32] And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. [33] So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

 

 

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Today is Tuesday, November 4th, Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

 

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A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 2: 5-11]

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[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, [10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 22 [Ps 22: 26b-27. 28-30ab. 30e. 31-32]

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R. From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live for ever!

R. From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

R. From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;

For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. Before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

R. From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;

Posterity shall serve him; men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, that he has wrought it.

R. From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 14: 15-24]

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[15] When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” [16] But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; [17] and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.’ [18] But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ [19] And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ [20] And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ [21] So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ [22] And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ [23] And the master said to the servant, `Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. [24] For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

 

 

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Today is Monday, November 3rd, Memorial of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [Phil 2: 1-4]

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[1] So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, [2] complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. [3] Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. [4] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 131 [Ps 131: 1bcde. 2. 3]

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R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

[1] O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. 

R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

[2] But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. 

R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

[3] O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 14: 12-14]

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[12] He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. [13] But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, [14] and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

 

 

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Today is Sunday, November 2nd, The Commemoration Of All The Faithful Departed

 

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom [Wis 3: 1-9]

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[1] But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. [2] In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction, [3] and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. [4] For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. [5] Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; [6] like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them. [7] In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble. [8] They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them for ever. [9] Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 23 [PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6]

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R. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

[1] The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; [2] he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; [3] he restores my soul. 

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. [4] Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. 

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. 

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [Rom 6: 3-9]

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[3] Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. [5] For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For he who has died is freed from sin. [8] But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. [9] For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John [Jn 6: 37-40]

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[37] All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. [38] For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; [39] and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. [40] For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

 

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Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Solemnity of All Saints
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Rv 7:2-4,9-14
Ps 24:1bc-2,3-4ab,5-6
1Jn 3:1-3
Mt 5:1-12a

Response:  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014
Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Phil 1:1-11
Ps 111:1-2,3-4,5-6
Lk 14:1-6

Response:  How great are the works of the Lord!

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Eph 6:10-20
PS 144:1,2,9-10
Lk 13:31-35

Response:  Blessed be the LORD, my rock.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Eph 6:1-9
Ps 145:10-11,12-13ab,13cd-14
Lk 13:22-30

Response:  The Lord is faithful in all his words.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
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Eph 2:19-22
Ps 19:2-3,4-5
(RSV Ps 19:1-2,3-4)
Lk 6:12-16

Response:  Their message goes out through all the earth.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014
Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Eph 4:32-5:8
Ps 1:1-2,3,4&6
Lk 13:10-17

Response:  Behave like God as his very dear children.

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Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Ex 22:20-26
(RSV Ex 22:21-27)
Ps 18:2-3,3-4,47,51
(RSV Ps 18:1-2a,2bc-3,46&50)
1Thes 1:5c-10
Mt 22:34-40

Response:  I love you, Lord, my strength.

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2014 Oct 25 Sat: Saturday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 4: 7-16
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Brothers and sisters:
[7] Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
[8] Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men."
[9] (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
[10] He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
[11] And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
[12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
[13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
[14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.
[15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
[16] from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 122
Ps 122: 1-2. 3-4ab. 4cd-5
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Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

[1] I was glad when they said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the LORD!"
[2] Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
 
[3] Jerusalem, built as a city
which is bound firmly together,
[4] to which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

As was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
[5] There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 13: 1-9
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[1] There were some present at that very time who told Jesus of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
[2] And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?
[3] I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
[4] Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo'am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?
[5] I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
[6] And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
[7] And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?'
[8] And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure.
[9] And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

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2014 Oct 24 Fri: Friday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 4: 1-6
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Brothers and sisters:
[1] I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
[2] with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
[3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
[4] There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
[5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
[6] one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 24
Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4ab. 5-6
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Lord, this is the people who long to see your face

[1] The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein;
[2] for he has founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the rivers.

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face
 
[3] Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
[4] He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false.

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face
 
[5] He will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of his salvation.
[6] Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 12: 54-59
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[54] Jesus said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming'; and so it happens.
[55] And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens.
[56] You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
[57] "And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
[58] As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.
[59] I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper."

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2014 Oct 23 Thu: Thursday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 3: 14-21
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Brothers and sisters:
I bow my knees before the Father,
[15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
[16] that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
[17] and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
[18] may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
[19] and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
[20] Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
[21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

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From Psalm 33
Ps 33: 1-2. 4-5. 11-12. 18-19
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The earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

[1] Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
[2] Praise the LORD with the lyre,
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

The earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
 
[4] For the word of the LORD is upright;
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
[5] He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

The earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
 
[11] The counsel of the LORD stands for ever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
[12] Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

The earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
 
[18] Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
[19] that he may deliver their soul from death,
and keep them alive in famine.

The earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 12: 49-53
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Jesus said to his disciples:
[49] "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!
[50] I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!
[51] Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division;
[52] for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three;
[53] they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

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2014 Oct 22 Wed: Wednesday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 3: 2-12
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Brothers and sisters:
[2] you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,
[3] how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
[4] When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,
[5] which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
[6] that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
[7] Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace which was given me by the working of his power.
[8] To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
[9] and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
[10] that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
[11] This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
[12] in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

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From Isaiah
Is 12: 2-3. 4bcd. 5-6
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With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

[2] "Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation."
[3] With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

[4] "Give thanks to the LORD,
call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the nations,
proclaim that his name is exalted.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

[5] "Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
[6] Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 12: 39-48
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Jesus said to his disciples:
[39] But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
[40] You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour."
[41] Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?"
[42] And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
[43] Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
[44] Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
[45] But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,
[46] the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful.
[47] And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.
[48] But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.

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2014 Oct 21 Tue: Tuesday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 2: 12-22
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Brothers and sisters:
[12] you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
[13] But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility,
[15] by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
[16] and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.
[17] And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;
[18] for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
[19] So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
[20] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
[21] in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;
[22] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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From Psalm 85
Ps 85: 9ab-10. 11-12. 13-14
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The Lord speaks peace to his people

[9] Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people.
[10] Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.

The Lord speaks peace to his people

[11] Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
[12] Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.

The Lord speaks peace to his people

[13] Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
[14] Righteousness will go before him,
and make his footsteps a way.

The Lord speaks peace to his people

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 12: 35-38
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Jesus said to his disciples:
[35] "Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
[36] and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
[37] Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.
[38] If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!

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2014 Oct 20 Mon: Monday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
Eph 2: 1-10
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Brothers and sisters:
[1] You he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins
[2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
[3] Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us,
[5] even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
[6] and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
[7] that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God --
[9] not because of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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From Psalm 100
Ps 100: 1b-2. 3. 4ab. 4c-5
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It is the Lord that made us, and we are his.

[1] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!
[2] Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

It is the Lord that made us, and we are his.

[3] Know that the LORD is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

It is the Lord that made us, and we are his.

[4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!

It is the Lord that made us, and we are his.

Give thanks to him, bless his name!
[5] For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

It is the Lord that made us, and we are his.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
Lk 12: 13-21
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[13] One of the multitude said to Jesus, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me."
[14] But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?"
[15] And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
[16] And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully;
[17] and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'
[18] And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
[19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.'
[20] But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
[21] So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

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2014 Oct 19 SUN: TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 45: 1. 4-6
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[1] Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
[4] For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
[5] I am the LORD, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I gird you, though you do not know me,
[6] that men may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.

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From Psalm 96
Ps 96: 1. 3. 4-5. 7-8. 9-10 (7b)
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Give the Lord glory and honor

[1] O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
[3] Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Give the Lord glory and honor
 
[4] For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
[5] For all the gods of the peoples are idols;
but the LORD made the heavens.

Give the Lord glory and honor

[7] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[8] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Give the Lord glory and honor
 
[9] Worship the LORD in holy array;
tremble before him, all the earth!
[10] Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!
Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity."

Give the Lord glory and honor
 
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A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
1 Thes 1: 1-5b
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[1] Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
[2] We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
[3] remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
[4] For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you;
[5] for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 22: 15-21
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[15] The Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk.
[16] And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Hero'di-ans, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men.
[17] Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
[18] But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
[19] Show me the money for the tax." And they brought him a coin.
[20] And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?"
[21] They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

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Today is Saturday September 20, 2014
Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

A Reading from First Corinthians 1 cor 15:35-37, 42-49

But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"

[36] You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
[37] And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.

[43] It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
[44] It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
[45] Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

[46] But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual.
[47] The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
[48] As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.
[49] Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 56   ps 56:10c-12, 13-14

R: I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

In God, whose word I praise,
 in the LORD, whose word I praise,
[11] in God I trust without a fear.
 What can man do to me?

R: I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

My vows to thee I must perform, O God;
 I will render thank offerings to thee.
[13] For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
 yea, my feet from falling,
 that I may walk before God
 in the light of life.
 
R: I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke lk 8:4-15

And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:

[5] "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot,
and the birds of the air devoured it.
[6] And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
[7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.

[8] And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,

[10] he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God;
but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
[11] Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

[12] The ones along the path are those who have heard;
then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.

[13] And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy;
but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
[14] And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear,

but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
[15] And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word,
hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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