Today is Friday May 22, 2015 - Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 25: 13 – 21
13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Berni’ce arrived at Caesare’a to welcome Festus. 14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix; 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews gave information about him, asking for sentence against him. 16 I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up any one before the accused met the accusers face to face, and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 17 When therefore they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought in. 18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed; 19 but they had certain points of dispute with him about their own superstition and about one Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. 21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.”
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From Psalm  103
R:  The LORD has established his throne in the heavens
Psalms 103: 1 – 2, 11 – 12, 19 – 20
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
R:  The LORD has established his throne in the heavens
 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
R:  The LORD has established his throne in the heavens
19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!
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A reading from the Holy Gospel  according to John

John 21: 15 – 19
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”
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Today is Thursday May  21, 2015 - Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 22: 30; 23: 6 – 11
30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the real reason why the Jews accused him, he unbound him, and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them. 23:6 But when Paul perceived that one part were Sad’ducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead I am on trial.” 7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sad’ducees; and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sad’ducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 Then a great clamor arose; and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them and bring him into the barracks. 11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified about me at Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also at Rome.”
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From Psalm 16
R: Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge
Psalms 16: 1 – 2, 5, 7 – 11
1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. 2 I say to the LORD, “Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee.” 5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
R: Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge
7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
R: Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure. 10 For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit.
R: Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge
 11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.
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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
John 17: 20 – 26
20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. 26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
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Today is Wednesday May 20, 2015 Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 20: 28 – 38
28 Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36 And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept and embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they brought him to the ship.
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From Psalm 68
R: Sing to God O kingdoms of the Earth
Psalms 68: 29 – 30, 33 – 36
29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem kings bear gifts to thee. 30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
R: Sing to God O kingdoms of the Earth

Trample under foot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. 33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; lo, he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice. 34 Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and his power is in the skies.
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35 Terrible is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel, he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
John 17: 11 – 19
11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. 18 As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.
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Today is Wednesday May 19, 2015 Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 20: 17 – 27
17 And from Mile’tus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you all the time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance to God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that all you among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
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From Psalm 68
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.

Psalms 68: 10 – 11, 20 – 21
10 thy flock found a dwelling in it; in thy goodness, O God, thou didst provide for the needy.
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
11 The Lord gives the command; great is the host of those who bore the tidings: 20 Our God is a God of salvation; and to GOD, the Lord, belongs escape from death. 21 But God will shatter the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
John 17: 1 – 11
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, 2 since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. 4 I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; 5 and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. 6 “I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; 8 for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; 10 all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
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Today is Monday May 18, 2015, Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Acts 19: 1 – 8
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

1 While Apol’los was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve of them in all. 8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God;
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From Psalms 68: 2 – 7
R:   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before fire, let the wicked perish before God!
R:   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth
3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy! 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the LORD, exult before him!
R:   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. 6 God gives the desolate a home to dwell in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity;
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John 16: 29 – 33

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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2011 May 14 Sat: Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Acts 1: 15-17. 20-26
Ps 113: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 7-8
Jn 15: 9-17

 

Acts 1: 15 – 17, 20 – 26

In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us, and was allotted his share in this ministry. For it is written in the book of Psalms, `Let his habitation become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and `His office let another take.’ So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us — one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection." And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthi’as; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.

Psalms 113: 1 – 8

Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.

John 15: 9 – 17

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.

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2011 May 13 Fri: Easter Weekday/ Our Lady of Fatima

Acts 9: 1-20
Ps 117: 1bc. 2
Jn 6: 52-59

Acts 9: 1 – 20

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying, and he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight." But Anani’as answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy name." But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name." So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized, and took food and was strengthened. For several days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And in the synagogues immediately he proclaimed Jesus, saying, "He is the Son of God."

Psalms 117: 1 – 2

Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

 

John 6: 52 – 59

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever." This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

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2011 May 12 Thu: Easter Weekday/ Nereus and Achilleus, mts/ Pancras, mt

Acts 8: 26-40
Ps 66: 8-9. 16-17. 20
Jn 6: 44-51

Acts 8: 26 – 40

But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth." And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?" And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesarea

Psalms 66: 8 – 9, 16 – 17, 20

Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

John 6: 44 – 51

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, `And they shall all be taught by God.’ Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."

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2011 May 11 Wed: Easter Weekday

Acts 8: 1b-8
Ps 66: 1-3a. 4-5. 6-7a
Jn 6: 35-40

 

Acts 8: 1 – 8

And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Sama’ria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to a city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did. For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.

Psalms 66: 1 – 7

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, "How terrible are thy deeds! So great is thy power that thy enemies cringe before thee. All the earth worships thee; they sing praises to thee, sing praises to thy name." Come and see what God has done: he is terrible in his deeds among men. He turned the sea into dry land; men passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might for ever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations — let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

John 6: 35 – 40

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; 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. 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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2011 May 10 Tue: Easter Weekday/ Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka'i, p

Acts 7: 51 -- 8: 1a
Ps 31: 3cd-4. 6 and 7b and 8a. 17 and 21ab
Jn 6: 30-35
Acts 7: 51 – 60 — 8:1

"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it." Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God." But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Psalms 31: 3 – 4, 6 – 8, 17, 21

Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net which is hidden for me, for thou art my refuge. Thou hatest those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD. I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities, and hast not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a broad place. Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on thee; let the wicked be put to shame, let them go dumbfounded to Sheol. Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as in a besieged city

John 6: 30 – 35

So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’" Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.

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2011 May 9 Mon: Easter Weekday

Acts 6: 8-15
Ps 119: 23-24. 26-27. 29-30
Jn 6: 22-29
Acts 6: 8 – 15

And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. Then they secretly instigated men, who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God." And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us." And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Psalms 119: 23 – 24, 26 – 27, 29 – 30

Even though princes sit plotting against me, thy servant will meditate on thy statutes. Thy testimonies are my delight, they are my counselors. When I told of my ways, thou didst answer me; teach me thy statutes! Make me understand the way of thy precepts, and I will meditate on thy wondrous works. Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set thy ordinances before me.

John 6: 22 – 29

On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. However, boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal." Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

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2011 May 8 SUN: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 2011

Acts 2: 14. 22-33
Ps 16: 1-2. 5. 7-8. 9-10. 11 (11a)
1 Pt 1: 17-21
Lk 24: 13-35

 

Acts 2: 14, 22 – 33

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know —this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, `I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will dwell in hope. For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let thy Holy One see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.’ "Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear.

 

 

Psalms 16: 1 – 2, 5, 7 – 11

Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee." The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure. For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit. Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

 

 

1 Pt 1: 17-21

And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,

but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.

Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

 

 

Lk 24: 13-35

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?"

And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.

Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"

And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?"

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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Today is Saturday, May 7, 2011
Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 6:1-7
Ps 33:1-2,4-5,18-19
Jn 6:16-21

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles  (Acts 6:1-7)
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[1] Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
[2] And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
[3] Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.
[4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
[5] And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Proch’orus, and Nica’nor, and Ti’mon, and Par’menas, and Nicola’us, a proselyte of Antioch.
[6] These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
[7] And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 33    (Ps 33:1-2,4-5,18-19)
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[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!
[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.
[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.

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 6:16-21)
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[16] When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
[17] got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper’na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
[18] The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
[19] When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,
[20] but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
[21] Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Today is Friday, May 6, 2011 
Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 5:34-42
Ps 27:1,4,13-14
Jn 6:1-15

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 5:34-42)
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[34] But a Pharisee in the council named Gama’li-el, a teacher of the law, held in honor by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a while.
[35] And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you do with these men.
[36] For before these days Theu’das arose, giving himself out to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was slain and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
[37] After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
[38] So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this undertaking is of men, it will fail;
[39] but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”
[40] So they took his advice, and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
[41] Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
[42] And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 27   (Ps 27:1,4,13-14)
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[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?
[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.
[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!

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 6:1-15)
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[1] After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber’i-as.
[2] And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
[3] Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
[4] Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
[5] Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
[6] This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
[7] Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
[8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
[9] “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?”
[10] Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
[11] Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
[12] And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”
[13] So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
[14] When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
[15] Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Today is Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 5:27-33
Ps 34:2&9,17-18,19-20
Jn 3:31-36

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 5:27-33)
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[27] And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
[28] saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
[29] But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
[30] The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
[31] God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
[32] And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
[33] When they heard this they were enraged and wanted to kill them.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 34    (Ps 34:2&9,17-18,19-20)
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[1] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[8] O taste and see that the LORD is good!  Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
[16] The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
[17] When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
[18] The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
[19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 3:31-36)
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[31] He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all.
[32] He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony;
[33] he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.
[34] For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for it is not by measure that he gives the Spirit;
[35] the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.
[36] He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.

The Gospel of the Lord.


 

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Today is Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 5:17-26
Ps 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9
Jn 3:16-21

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 5:17-26)
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[17] But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sad’ducees, and filled with jealousy
[18] they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison.
[19] But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said,
[20] “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
[21] And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and taught.
     Now the high priest came and those who were with him and called together the council and all the senate of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
[22] But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, and they returned and reported,
[23] “We found the prison securely locked and the sentries standing at the doors, but when we opened it we found no one inside.”
[24] Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.
[25] And some one came and told them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.”
[26] Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 34     (Ps 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9)
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[1] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[2] My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
[3] O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
[4] I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
[5] Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
[6] This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
[7] The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
[8] O taste and see that the LORD is good!
Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John  (Jn 3:16-21)
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[16] For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
[17] For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
[18] He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
[19] And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
[21] But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Today is Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Feast of Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles

1Cor 15:1-8
Ps 19:2-3,4-5
Jn 14:6-14

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A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1Cor 15:1-8)
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[1] Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand,
[2] by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures,
[4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures,
[5] and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
[6] Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
[7] Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
[8] Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 19    (Ps 19:2-3,4-5)
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[1] The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
[2] Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
[3] There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
[4] yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 14:6-14)
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[6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
[7] If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.”
[8] Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.”
[9] Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father’?
[10] Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
[11] Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.
[12] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.
[13] Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;
[14] if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Today is Monday, May 2, 2011
Memorial of Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church

Acts 4:23-31
Ps 2:1-3,4-7a,7b-9
Jn 3:1-8

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:23-31)
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[23] When they were released they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
[24] And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
[25] who by the mouth of our father David, thy servant, didst say by the Holy Spirit, `Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?
[26] The kings of the earth set themselves in array, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’ --
[27] for truly in this city there were gathered together against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
[28] to do whatever thy hand and thy plan had predestined to take place.
[29] And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness,
[30] while thou stretchest out thy hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus.”
[31] And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 2    (Ps 2:1-3,4-7a,7b-9)
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[1] Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
[2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
[3] “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.”
[4] He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
[5] Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
[6] “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
[7] I will tell of the decree of the LORD : He said to me, “You are my son, today I have begotten you.
[8] Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
[9] You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 3:1-8)
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[1] Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode’mus, a ruler of the Jews.
[2] This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
[3] Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
[4] Nicode’mus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
[5] Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’
[8] The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Today is Sunday, May 1, 2011
Second Sunday of Easter
or Divine Mercy Sunday

Acts 2:42-47
Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
1Pt 1:3-9
Jn 20:19-31

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A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:42-47)
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[42] They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
[43] And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
[44] And all who believed were together and had all things in common;
[45] and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.
[46] And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts,
[47] praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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From Psalm 118   (Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24)
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[2] Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
[3] Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
[4] Let those who fear the LORD say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”
[13] I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
[14] The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
[15] Hark, glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
[22] The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
[23] This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
[24] This is the day which the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

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A reading from The first Letter of Saint Peter (1Pt 1:3-9)
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[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
[4] and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
[5] who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
[6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
[7] so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
[8] Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.
[9] As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.

The Word of the Lord.

 

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A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 20:19-31)
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[19] On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
[20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
[21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
[22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
[23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
[24] Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
[25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
[26] Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”
[27] Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”
[28] Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
[29] Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
[30] Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
[31] but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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Today is Saturday, April 23 2011
Holy Saturday

Readings for the Easter Vigil, which is an Easter Sunday Mass:

Gn 1: 1 -- 2: 2
Ps 104: 1-2. 5-6. 10. 12. 13-14. 24. 35
Gn 22: 1-18
Ps 16: 5. 8. 9-10. 11

Ex 15: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 17-18
Is 54: 5-1
Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11-12. 13
Is 55: 1-11/ Is 12: 2-3. 4. 5-6
Bar 3: 9-15. 32 -- 4: 4
Ps 19: 8. 9. 10. 1
Ez 36: 16-17a. 18-28
Ps 42: 3. 5; 43: 3.
Rom 6: 3-11/ Ps 118: 1-2. 16-17. 22-23
Mt 28: 1-10


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A READING FROM GENESIS
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep;
and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.
God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night;
and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so.
And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth,
to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens."
So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.
And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

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FROM PSALM 104
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Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, thou art very great! Thou art clothed with honor and majesty,
who coverest thyself with light as with a garment,
who hast stretched out the heavens like a tent,
Thou didst set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be shaken.
Thou didst cover it with the deep    as with a garment;
Thou makest springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills,
By them the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches.
From thy lofty abode thou waterest the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy work.
Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth,
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!


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A READING FROM GENESIS
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After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Mori'ah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac;
and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off.
Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies,
and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless
themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 16
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The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure.
For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit.
Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.


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A READING FROM EXODUS
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"I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.
"Pharaoh's chariots and his host he cast into the sea; and his picked officers are sunk in the Red Sea.
The floods cover them; they went down into the depths like a stone. [6] Thy right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, thy right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
Thou wilt bring them in, and plant them on thy own mountain, the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thy abode, the sanctuary, LORD, which thy hands have established.
The LORD will reign for ever and ever."

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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A READING FROM ISAIAH
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For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the LORD has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.
For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the LORD, your Redeemer.
"For this is like the days of Noah to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones.
All your sons shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the prosperity of your sons. [14] In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 30
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O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved."
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
that my soul may praise thee and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.


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A READING FROM ISAIAH
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"Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call nations that you know not, and nations that knew you not shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
"Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

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A READING FROM ISAIAH
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"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."
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted.
"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."

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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A READING FROM BARUCH
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Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom!
Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead,
that you are counted among those in Hades?
You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
If you had walked in the way of God, you would be dwelling in peace for ever.
Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace.
Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses?
But he who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. He who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures;
he who sends forth the light, and it goes, called it, and it obeyed him in fear;
the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and they said, "Here we are!" They shone with gladness for him who made them.
This is our God; no other can be compared to him!
He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to Jacob his servant and to Israel whom he loved.
Afterward she appeared upon earth and lived among men.
She is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endures for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die.
Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk toward the shining of her light.
Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people.
Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 19
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The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.


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A READING FROM EZEKIEL
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The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their doings; their conduct before me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.
So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood which they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it.
I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; in accordance with their conduct and their deeds I judged them.
But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that men said of them, `These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.'
But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel caused to be profaned among the nations to which they came.
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.
You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 42
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My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me continually, "Where is your God?"
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,  my help.
Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God.


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A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
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.
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.
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.
For he who has died is freed from sin.
But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 118:
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O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."
the right hand of the LORD is exalted, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!"
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.


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A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
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Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you."
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD

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Today is Friday, April 22 2011
Good Friday


Is 52:13—53:12
Ps 31:2,6,12-13,15-16,17,25
Heb 4:14-16;5:7-9
Jn 18:1—19:42


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A READING FROM ISAIAH:   (Is 52:13—53:12)
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[13] Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
[14] As many were astonished at him -- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men –
[15] so shall he startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they shall see, and that which they have not heard they shall understand.
[1] Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
[2] For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
[3] He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
[4] Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
[5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.
[6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
[7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
[8] By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
[9] And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
[10] Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand;
[11] he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities.
[12] Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 31   (Ps 31:2,6,12-13,15-16,17,25)
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[2] Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
[6] Thou hatest those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD.
[12] I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
[13] Yea, I hear the whispering of many -- terror on every side! -- as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
[15] My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
[16] Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!
[17] Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on thee; let the wicked be put to shame, let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.


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A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE HEBREWS:  (Heb 4:14-16;5:7-9)
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[14] Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
[15] For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
[16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
[7] In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.
[8] Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;
[9] and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF JOHN   (Jn 18:1—19:42)
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[1] When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
[2] Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
[3] So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
[4] Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"
[5] They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
[6] When he said to them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.
[7] Again he asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
[8] Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he; so, if you seek me, let these men go."
[9] This was to fulfil the word which he had spoken, "Of those whom thou gavest me I lost not one."
[10] Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.
[11] Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?"
[12] So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him.
[13] First they led him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Ca'iaphas, who was high priest that year.
[14] It was Ca'iaphas who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
[15] Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. As this disciple was known to the high priest, he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus,
[16] while Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the maid who kept the door, and brought Peter in.
[17] The maid who kept the door said to Peter, "Are not you also one of this man's disciples?" He said, "I am not."
[18] Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves; Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
[19] The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
[20] Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly.
[21] Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them; they know what I said."
[22] When he had said this, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?"
[23] Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?"
[24] Annas then sent him bound to Ca'iaphas the high priest.
[25] Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, "Are not you also one of his disciples?" He denied it and said, "I am not."
[26] One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"
[27] Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.
[28] Then they led Jesus from the house of Ca'iaphas to the praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not enter the praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover.
[29] So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?"
[30] They answered him, "If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over."
[31] Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." The Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death."
[32] This was to fulfil the word which Jesus had spoken to show by what death he was to die.
[33] Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
[34] Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?"
[35] Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?"
[36] Jesus answered, "My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world."
[37] Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice."
[38] Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"  After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, "I find no crime in him.
[39] But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover; will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?"
[40] They cried out again, "Not this man, but Barab'bas!" Now Barab'bas was a robber.  Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.
[2] And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe;
[3] they came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands.
[4] Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him."
[5] So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"
[6] When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him."
[7] The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God."
[8] When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid;
[9] he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer.
[10] Pilate therefore said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?"
[11] Jesus answered him, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin."
[12] Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar."
[13] When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gab'batha.
[14] Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"
[15] They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."
[16] Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
[17] So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol'gotha.
[18] There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
[19] Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
[20] Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
[21] The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, "Do not write, `The King of the Jews,' but, `This man said, I am King of the Jews.'"
[22] Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."
[23] When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom;
[24] so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfil the scripture, "They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."
[25] So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene.
[26] When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"
[27] Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
[28] After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), "I thirst."
[29] A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth.
[30] When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished"; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
[31] Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
[32] So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him;
[33] but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
[34] But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
[35] He who saw it has borne witness -- his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth -- that you also may believe.
[36] For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, "Not a bone of him shall be broken."
[37] And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they have pierced."
[38] After this Joseph of Arimathe'a, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body.
[39] Nicode'mus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight.
[40] They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
[41] Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.
[42] So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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Today is Thursday, April 21, 2011
Holy Thursday
At evening, begin Easter Triduum of the Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Ex 12:1-8,11-1
Ps 116:12-13,15-16bc,17-18
1Cor 11:23-26
Jn 13:1-15

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A READING FROM EXODUS  (Ex 12:1-8,11-1)
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The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
"This month shall be for you the beginning of months;
it shall be the first month of the year for you.
Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month
they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household;
and if the household is too small for a lamb,
then a man and his neighbor next to his house shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old;
you shall take it from the sheep or from the goats;
and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs in the evening.
Then they shall take some of the blood,
and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them.
They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet,
and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's passover.
For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night,
and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast;
and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.
The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are;
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall fall upon you
to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
"This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD;
throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance for ever.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 116  (Ps 116:12-13,15-16bc,17-18)
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What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, I am thy servant;
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,


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A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS  (1Cor 11:23-26)
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For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said,
"This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN  (Jn 13:1-15)
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Now before the feast of the Passover,
when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father,
having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,
and that he had come from God and was going to God,
rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel.
Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet,
and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.
He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"
Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now,
but afterward you will understand."
Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in me."
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!"
Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,
but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you."
For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "You are not all clean."
When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place,
he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

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Today is Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday in Holy Week

Is 50:4-9a
Ps 69:8-10,21-22,31&33-34
Mt 26:14-25

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A READING FROM ISAIAH:   (Is 50:4-9a)
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The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.
Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious,
I turned not backward.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been confounded;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord GOD helps me;
who will declare me guilty

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 69  (Ps 69:8-10,21-22,31&33-34)
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I have become a stranger to my brethren, an alien to my mother's sons.
For zeal for thy house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me.
When I humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Let their own table before them become a snare; let their sacrificial feasts be a trap.
This will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs
For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds.
Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves therein.


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A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW   (Mt 26:14-25)
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Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?"
He said, "Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.'"
And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover.
When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples;
and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?"
He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.
The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!
It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."
Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so.”

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Today is Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday of Holy Week

Is 49:1-6
Ps 71:1-2,3-4a,5ab-6ab,15&17
Jn 13:21-33,36-38

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A READING FROM ISAIAH:   (Is 49:1-6)
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Listen to me, O coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God."
And now the LORD says, who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength --
he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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FROM PSALM 71  (Ps 71:1-2,3-4a,5ab-6ab,15&17)
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In thee, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
In thy righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline thy ear to me, and save me!
Be thou to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for thou art my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
For thou, O Lord, art my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

Upon thee I have leaned from my birth; thou art he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of thee.
My mouth will tell of thy righteous acts, of thy deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.
O God, from my youth thou hast taught me, and I still proclaim thy wondrous deeds.


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A reading from The holy Gospel according to John  (Jn 13:21-33,36-38)
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When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, "Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.
One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus;
so Simon Peter beckoned to him and said, "Tell us who it is of whom he speaks."
So lying thus, close to the breast of Jesus, he said to him, "Lord, who is it?"
Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give this morsel when I have dipped it." So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the feast"; or, that he should give something to the poor.
So, after receiving the morsel, he immediately went out; and it was night.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified;
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.
Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going you cannot come.'
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now; but you shall follow afterward."
Peter said to him, "Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times.

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Today is Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday of Holy Week

Is 42:1-7
Ps 27:1,2,3,13-14
Jn 12:1-11

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A READING FROM ISAIAH  (Is 42:1-7)
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Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread forth the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:
"I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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From Psalm 27  (Ps 27:1,2,3,13-14)
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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?
When evildoers assail me, uttering slanders against me,
my adversaries and foes, they shall stumble and fall.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!


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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn 12:1-11)
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Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz'arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz'arus was one of those at table with him.
Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said,
"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and, as he had the money box, he used to take what was put into it.
Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial.
The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."
When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz'arus, whom he had raised from the dead.
So the chief priests planned to put Laz'arus also to death,
because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

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Today is Sunday, April 17, 2011
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Procession: Mt 21:1-11
Mass: Is 50:4-7
Ps 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24
Phil 2:6-11
Mt 26:14-27:66

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A reading from The Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 21:1-11)
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And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
If any one says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately."
This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
"Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"
And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."

THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD


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A reading from Isaiah:  (Is 50:4-7)
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The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.
Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been confounded;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

THE WORD OF THE LORD


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From Psalm 22  (Ps 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24)
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"He committed his cause to the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"
Yet thou art he who took me from the womb; thou didst keep me safe upon my mother's breasts.
I can count all my bones -- they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.
But thou, O LORD, be not far off! O thou my help, hasten to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!
You who fear the LORD, praise him! all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.


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A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Phillipians  (Phil 2:6-11)
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Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
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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A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW  (26:14-27:66)
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Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?"
He said, "Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.'"
And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover.
When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples;
and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?"
He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.
The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."
Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so."
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you;
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
Peter declared to him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away."
Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsem'ane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go yonder and pray."
And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb'edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me."
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done."
And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."
While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him."
And he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!" And he kissed him.
Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"
At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
But all this has taken place, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.
Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Ca'iaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders hadBut Peter followed him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
Now the chief priests and the whole council    sought    false   testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,
but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
and said, "This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"
And the high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?"
But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Then the high priest tore his robes, and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.
What is your judgment?" They answered, "He deserves death."
Then they spat in his face, and struck him; and some slapped him,
saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?"
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a maid came up to him, and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean."
But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you mean."
And when he went out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."
After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you."
Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately the cock crowed.
And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, "Before the    cock    crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.

Matt.27
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death;
and they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate the governor.
When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, "I have sinned in betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.
But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money."
So they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price   of him   on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,
and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me."
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so."
But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer.
Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?"
But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge; so that the governor wondered greatly.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted.
And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barab'bas.
So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you, Barab'bas or Jesus who is called Christ?"
For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream."
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barab'bas and destroy Jesus.
The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barab'bas."
Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified."
And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?"
But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified."
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."
And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
Then he released for them Bar ab'bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.
And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him,
and plaiting a crown of thorns    they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him    they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyre'ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.
And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull),
they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots;
then they sat down and   kept watch over him there.
And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus the King of the Jews."
Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying,
"You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
"He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
He trusts in God; let God deliver him now if he desires him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.'"
And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, la'ma sabach-tha'ni?"
that is, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "This man is calling Eli'jah."
And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.
But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Eli'jah will come to save him."
And Jesus cried   again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom;
and the earth shook,
and the rocks were split;
the tombs also were opened,
and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him;
among whom were Mary Mag'dalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zeb'edee.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathe'a, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud,
and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.
Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre.
Next day,        that is,  after the day of Preparation,         the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive,
     `After three days I will rise again.'
Therefore order the sepulchre to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away, and tell the people,
   `He has risen from the dead,'
and the last fraud will be worse than the first."
Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can."
So they went and made the sepulchre secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD

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Today is Saturday, April 16th, 2011. Saturday of the 5th week of Lent

A reading from the book of Ezekiel

[21] Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides, and bring them to their own land;
[22] and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.
[23] They shall not defile themselves any more with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
[24]  "My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes.

[25] They shall dwell in the land where your fathers dwelt that I gave to my servant Jacob; they and their children and their children's children shall dwell there for ever; and David my servant shall be their prince for ever.
[26] I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
[27] My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
[28] Then the nations will know that I the LORD sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is in the midst of them for evermore."

The word of the Lord

From Jeremiah

The Lord will keep us, as a shepherd keeps his flock

[10] "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands afar off;
say, `He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.'

The Lord will keep us, as a shepherd keeps his flock

[11] For the LORD has ransomed Jacob,
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
[12] They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;

The Lord will keep us, as a shepherd keeps his flock

[13] Then shall the maidens rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

The Lord will keep us, as a shepherd keeps his flock


A reading from the holy gospel according to John

[45] Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;
[46] but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
[47] So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.
[48] If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation."
[49] But one of them, Ca'iaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all;
[50] you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish."
[51] He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation,
[52] and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
[53] So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.
[54] Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but went from there to the country near the wilderness, to a town called E'phraim; and there he stayed with the disciples.

[55] Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
[56] They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"

The gospel of the Lord

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Today is Friday, April 15th, 2011. Friday of the 5th week of Lent

A reading from the book of Jeremiah

[10] I hear many whispering.
Terror is on every side!
"Denounce him! Let us denounce him!"
say all my familiar friends,
watching for my fall.
"Perhaps he will be deceived,
then we can overcome him,
and take our revenge on him."
[11] But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble,
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
[12] O LORD of hosts, who triest the righteous,
who seest the heart and the mind,
let me see thy vengeance upon them,
for to thee have I committed my cause.
[13] Sing to the LORD;
praise the LORD!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.

The word of the Lord

From Psalm 18

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and he heard my voice.

I love thee, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and he heard my voice.

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and he heard my voice.

The cords of death encompassed me,
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me,
the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and he heard my voice.

In my distress I called upon the LORD;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and he heard my voice.


A reading from the holy gospel according to John

[31] The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
[32] Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?"
[33] The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God."
[34] Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods'?
[35] If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken),
[36] do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,' because I said, `I am the Son of God'?
[37] If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
[38] but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
[39] Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
[40] He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained.
[41] And many came to him; and they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true."
[42] And many believed in him there.

The gospel of the Lord

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Today is Thursday, April 14, 2011. Thursday of the 5th week of Lent

A reading from the book of Genesis

[3] Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
[4] "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
[5] No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
[6] I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you.
[7] And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
[8] And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
[9] And God said to Abraham, "As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

The word of the Lord

From Psalm 105

The Lord is mindful of his covenant for ever
[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.

The Lord is mindful of his covenant for ever

 [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.

The Lord is mindful of his covenant for ever
 
[8] He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
[9] the covenant which he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac.

The Lord is mindful of his covenant for ever

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

[51] Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death."
[52] The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.'
[53] Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?"
[54] Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God.
[55] But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.
[56] Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
[57] The Jews then said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
[58] Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."
[59] So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple

The gospel of the Lord

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Today is Wednesday, April 13th, 2011; Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent

A reading from the book of Daniel

Nebuchadnez'zar said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image which I have set up?
Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image which I have made, well and good; but if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace; and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?"
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego answered the king, "O Nebuchadnez'zar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."
Then Nebuchadnez'zar was full of fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
And he ordered certain mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnez'zar was astonished and rose up in haste. He said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" They answered the king, "True, O king."
He answered, "But I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods."
Nebuchadnez'zar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set at nought the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.

From the book of Daniel

Glory and praise forever!

"Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers,
and to be praised and highly exalted for ever;
[30] And blessed is thy glorious, holy name
and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever;

Glory and praise forever!

Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holy glory
and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever.

Glory and praise forever!
 
Blessed art thou upon the throne of thy kingdom
and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever.

Glory and praise forever!

Blessed art thou, who sittest upon cherubim
and lookest upon the deeps,
and to be praised and highly exalted for ever.

Glory and praise forever!

Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven
and to be sung and glorified for ever.

Glory and praise forever!

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

[31] Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
[32] and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
[33] They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free'?"
[34] Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.
[35] The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever.
[36] So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
[37] I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
[38] I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."
[39] They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did,
[40] but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did.
[41] You do what your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."
[42] Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

The gospel of the Lord

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Today is Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. Tuesday of the fifth week of Lent

A reading from the book of Numbers

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way.
[5] And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
[6] Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
[7] And the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
[8] And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live."
[9] So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

The Word of the Lord

From Psalm 102

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to thee!

Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to thee!
Do not hide thy face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline thy ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to thee!

The nations will fear the name of the LORD,
and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
For the LORD will build up Zion,
he will appear in his glory;
he will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their supplication.

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to thee!

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD:
 that he looked down from his holy height,
from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die;

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to thee!

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

[21] Jesus said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."
[22] Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?"
[23] He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
[24] I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he."
[25] They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning.
[26] I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."
[27] They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.
[28] So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.
[29] And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him."
[30] As he spoke thus, many believed in him.

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Today is Monday, April 11th, 2011. Monday of the 5th week of Lent

A reading from the book of Daniel

[2] Joakim took a wife named Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, a very beautiful woman and one who feared the Lord.
[3] Her parents were righteous, and had taught their daughter according to the law of Moses.
[4] Joakim was very rich, and had a spacious garden adjoining his house; and the Jews used to come to him because he was the most honored of them all.
[5] In that year two elders from the people were appointed as judges. Concerning them the Lord had said: "Iniquity came forth from Babylon, from elders who were judges, who were supposed to govern the people."
[6] These men were frequently at Joakim's house, and all who had suits at law came to them.
[7] When the people departed at noon, Susanna would go into her husband's garden to walk.
[8] The two elders used to see her every day, going in and walking about, and they began to desire her.
[9] And they perverted their minds and turned away their eyes from looking to Heaven or remembering righteous judgments.
[15] Once, while they were watching for an opportune day, she went in as before with only two maids, and wished to bathe in the garden, for it was very hot.
[16] And no one was there except the two elders, who had hid themselves and were watching her.
[17] She said to her maids, "Bring me oil and ointments, and shut the garden doors so that I may bathe."
[19] When the maids had gone out, the two elders rose and ran to her, and said:
[20] "Look, the garden doors are shut, no one sees us, and we are in love with you; so give your consent, and lie with us.
[21] If you refuse, we will testify against you that a young man was with you, and this was why you sent your maids away."
[22] Susanna sighed deeply, and said, "I am hemmed in on every side. For if I do this thing, it is death for me; and if I do not, I shall not escape your hands.
[23] I choose not to do it and to fall into your hands, rather than to sin in the sight of the Lord."
[24] Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice, and the two elders shouted against her.
[25] And one of them ran and opened the garden doors.
[26] When the household servants heard the shouting in the garden, they rushed in at the side door to see what had happened to her.
[27] And when the elders told their tale, the servants were greatly ashamed, for nothing like this had ever been said about Susanna.
[28] The next day, when the people gathered at the house of her husband Joakim, the two elders came, full of their wicked plot to have Susanna put to death.
[29] They said before the people, "Send for Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, who is the wife of Joakim."
[30] So they sent for her. And she came, with her parents, her children, and all her kindred.
[33] But her family and friends and all who saw her wept.
[34] Then the two elders stood up in the midst of the people, and laid their hands upon her head.
[35] And she, weeping, looked up toward heaven, for her heart trusted in the Lord.
[36] The elders said, "As we were walking in the garden alone, this woman came in with two maids, shut the garden doors, and dismissed the maids.
[37] Then a young man, who had been hidden, came to her and lay with her.
[38] We were in a corner of the garden, and when we saw this wickedness we ran to them.
[39] We saw them embracing, but we could not hold the man, for he was too strong for us, and he opened the doors and dashed out.
[40] So we seized this woman and asked her who the young man was, but she would not tell us. These things we testify."
[41] The assembly believed them, because they were elders of the people and judges; and they condemned her to death.
[42] Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice, and said, "O eternal God, who dost discern what is secret, who art aware of all things before they come to be,
[43] thou knowest that these men have borne false witness against me. And now I am to die! Yet I have done none of the things that they have wickedly invented against me!"
[44] The Lord heard her cry.
[45] And as she was being led away to be put to death, God aroused the holy spirit of a young lad named Daniel;
[46] and he cried with a loud voice, "I am innocent of the blood of this woman."
[47] All the people turned to him, and said, "What is this that you have said?"
[48] Taking his stand in the midst of them, he said, "Are you such fools, you sons of Israel? Have you condemned a daughter of Israel without examination and without learning the facts?
[49] Return to the place of judgment. For these men have borne false witness against her."
[50] Then all the people returned in haste. And the elders said to him, "Come, sit among us and inform us, for God has given you that right."
[51] And Daniel said to them, "Separate them far from each other, and I will examine them."
[52] When they were separated from each other, he summoned one of them and said to him, "You old relic of wicked days, your sins have now come home, which you have committed in the past,
[53] pronouncing unjust judgments, condemning the innocent and letting the guilty go free, though the Lord said, `Do not put to death an innocent and righteous person.'
[54] Now then, if you really saw her, tell me this: Under what tree did you see them being intimate with each other?" He answered, "Under a mastic tree."
[55] And Daniel said, "Very well! You have lied against your own head, for the angel of God has received the sentence from God and will immediately cut you in two."
[56] Then he put him aside, and commanded them to bring the other. And he said to him, "You offspring of Canaan and not of Judah, beauty has deceived you and lust has perverted your heart.
[57] This is how you both have been dealing with the daughters of Israel, and they were intimate with you through fear; but a daughter of Judah would not endure your wickedness.
[58] Now then, tell me: Under what tree did you catch them being intimate with each other?" He answered, "Under an evergreen oak."
[59] And Daniel said to him, "Very well! You also have lied against your own head, for the angel of God is waiting with his sword to saw you in two, that he may destroy you both."
[60] Then all the assembly shouted loudly and blessed God, who saves those who hope in him.
[61] And they rose against the two elders, for out of their own mouths Daniel had convicted them of bearing false witness;
[62] and they did to them as they had wickedly planned to do to their neighbor; acting in accordance with the law of Moses, they put them to death. Thus innocent blood was saved that day.

The word of the Lord


From Psalm 23

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me

[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.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me

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.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me
 
[5] Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
[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.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me


A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
[2] Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
[3] The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst
[4] they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
[5] Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?"
[6] This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
[7] And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."
[8] And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
[9] But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
[10] Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
[11] She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

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Today is Sunday, April 10, 2011 – the fifth Sunday of Lent

A reading from the book of Ezekiel

[12] Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel.
[13] And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
[14] And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done it, says the LORD."

The word of the Lord

From Psalm 130

With the Lord is steadfast love and plenteous redemption.
[1] Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
[2] Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
With the Lord is steadfast love and plenteous redemption.
[3] If thou, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
[4] But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
With the Lord is steadfast love and plenteous redemption.
[5] I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
[6] my soul waits for the LORD
more than watchmen for the morning.
With the Lord is steadfast love and plenteous redemption.
[7] O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
[8] And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
With the Lord is steadfast love and plenteous redemption.

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

[8] Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
[9] But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
[10] But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.
[11] If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.

The word of the Lord

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Now a certain man was ill, Laz'arus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
[2] It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Laz'arus was ill.
[3] So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
[4] But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it."
[5] Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Laz'arus.
[6] So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
[7] Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again."
[8] The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?"
[9] Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
[10] But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
[11] Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Laz'arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep."
[12] The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
[13] Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
[14] Then Jesus told them plainly, "Laz'arus is dead;
[15] and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
[16] Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
[17] Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz'arus had already been in the tomb four days.
[18] Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
[19] and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
[20] When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.
[21] Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
[22] And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."
[23] Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
[24] Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
[25] Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
[26] and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
[27] She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
[28] When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
[29] And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
[30] Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
[31] When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
[32] Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
[33] When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled;
[34] and he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
[35] Jesus wept.
[36] So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
[37] But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
[38] Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
[39] Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."
[40] Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
[41] So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
[42] I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me."
[43] When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Laz'arus, come out."
[44] The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
[45] Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;

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2011 Apr 9 Sat: Lenten Weekday
Jer 11: 18-20
  [18] The LORD made it known to me and I knew;
  then thou didst show me their evil deeds.
  [19] But I was like a gentle lamb
  led to the slaughter.
  I did not know it was against me
  they devised schemes, saying,
  "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
  let us cut him off from the land of the living,
  that his name be remembered no more."
  [20] But, O LORD of hosts, who judgest righteously,
  who triest the heart and the mind,
  let me see thy vengeance upon them,
  for to thee have I committed my cause.

Ps 7: 2-3. 9bc-10. 11-12
  [1] O LORD my God, in thee do I take refuge;
  save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
  [2] lest like a lion they rend me,
  dragging me away, with none to rescue.
...   judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness
  and according to the integrity that is in me.
  [9] O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
  but establish thou the righteous,
  thou who triest the minds and hearts,
  thou righteous God.
  [10] My shield is with God,
  who saves the upright in heart.
  [11] God is a righteous judge,
  and a God who has indignation every day.
Jn 7: 40-53
  [40]
  When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really
  the prophet."
  [41] Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ
  to come from Galilee?
  [42] Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from
  David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
  [43] So there was a division among the people over him.
  [44] Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
  [45]

  The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who
  said to them, "Why did you not bring him?"
  [46] The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"
  [47] The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also?
  [48] Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
  [49] But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed."
  [50] Nicode'mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them,
  said to them,
  [51] "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and
  learning what he does?"
  [52] They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see
  that no prophet is to rise from Galilee."
  [53]

  They went each to his own house,

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2011 Apr 8 Fri: Lenten Weekday. Day of abstinence from meat (age 14 and up).
Wis 2: 1a. 12-22
  [1] For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,
  [12] "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
  because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
  he reproaches us for sins against the law,
  and accuses us of sins against our training.
  [13] He professes to have knowledge of God,
  and calls himself a child of the Lord.
  [14] He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
  [15] the very sight of him is a burden to us,
  because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
  and his ways are strange.
  [16] We are considered by him as something base,
  and he avoids our ways as unclean;
  he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
  and boasts that God is his father.
  [17] Let us see if his words are true,
  and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
  [18] for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him,
  and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
  [19] Let us test him with insult and torture,
  that we may find out how gentle he is,
  and make trial of his forbearance.
  [20] Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
  for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
  [21] Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,
  for their wickedness blinded them,
  [22] and they did not know the secret purposes of God,
  nor hope for the wages of holiness,
  nor discern the prize for blameless souls;
Ps 34: 17-18. 19-20. 21 and 23
  [16] The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
  to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
  [17] When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
  and delivers them out of all their troubles.
  [18] The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
  and saves the crushed in spirit.
  [19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
  but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
  [20] He keeps all his bones;
  not one of them is broken.
  [21] Evil shall slay the wicked;
  and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
  [22] The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
  none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Jn 7: 1-2. 10. 25-30
  [1]

  After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in
  Judea, because some of the Jewish leaders sought to kill him.
  [2] Now the feast of Tabernacles was at hand.
  [10]

  But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up,
  not publicly but in private.

  [25]

  Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man
  whom they seek to kill?
  [26] And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can
  it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?
  [27] Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ
  appears, no one will know where he comes from."
  [28] So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me,
  and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord;
  he who sent me is true, and him you do not know.
  [29] I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me."
  [30] So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him,
  because his hour had not yet come.

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2011 Apr 7 Thu: Lenten Weekday
John Baptist de la Salle, p, rf
Ex 32: 7-14
  [7]

  And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down; for your people, whom you
  brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves;
  [8] they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded
  them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped
  it and sacrificed to it, and said, `These are your gods, O Israel, who
  brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'"
  [9] And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold,
  it is a stiff-necked people;
  [10] now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against
  them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation."
  [11]

  But Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does thy
  wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of
  the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
  [12] Why should the Egyptians say, `With evil intent did he bring them
  forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the
  face of the earth'? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this
  evil against thy people.
  [13] Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou
  didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, `I will multiply
  your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have
  promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it
  for ever.'"
  [14] And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his
  people.
Ps 106: 19-20. 21-22. 23
  [19] They made a calf in Horeb
  and worshiped a molten image.
  [20] They exchanged the glory of God
  for the image of an ox that eats grass.
  [21] They forgot God, their Savior,
  who had done great things in Egypt,
  [22] wondrous works in the land of Ham,
  and terrible things by the Red Sea.
  [23] Therefore he said he would destroy them --
  had not Moses, his chosen one,
  stood in the breach before him,
  to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

Jn 5: 31-47
  [31] If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true;
  [32] there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the
  testimony which he bears to me is true.
  [33] You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
  [34] Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say
  this that you may be saved.
  [35] He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to
  rejoice for a while in his light.
  [36] But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for
  the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very
  works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.
  [37] And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His
  voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen;
  [38] and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not
  believe him whom he has sent.
  [39] You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you
  have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me;
  [40] yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
  [41] I do not receive glory from men.
  [42] But I know that you have not the love of God within you.
  [43] I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if
  another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
  [44] How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do
  not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
  [45] Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses
  who accuses you, on whom you set your hope.
  [46] If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.
  [47] But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my
  words?"

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2011 Apr 6 Wed: Lenten Weekday
Is 49: 8-15
  [8] Thus says the LORD:
  "In a time of favor I have answered you,
  in a day of salvation I have helped you;
  I have kept you and given you
  as a covenant to the people,
  to establish the land,
  to apportion the desolate heritages;
  [9] saying to the prisoners, `Come forth,'
  to those who are in darkness, `Appear.'
  They shall feed along the ways,
  on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
  [10] they shall not hunger or thirst,
  neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them,
  for he who has pity on them will lead them,
  and by springs of water will guide them.
  [11] And I will make all my mountains a way,
  and my highways shall be raised up.
  [12] Lo, these shall come from afar,
  and lo, these from the north and from the west,
  and these from the land of Syene."
  [13] Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
  break forth, O mountains, into singing!
  For the LORD has comforted his people,
  and will have compassion on his afflicted.
  [14] But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me,
  my Lord has forgotten me."
  [15] "Can a woman forget her sucking child,
  that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
  Even these may forget,
  yet I will not forget you.
Ps 145: 8-9. 13cd-14. 17-18
  [8] The LORD is gracious and merciful,
  slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  [9] The LORD is good to all,
  and his compassion is over all that he has made.
  [13..   The LORD is faithful in all his words,
  and gracious in all his deeds.
  [14] The LORD upholds all who are falling,
  and raises up all who are bowed down.
  [17] The LORD is just in all his ways,
  and kind in all his doings.
  [18] The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
  to all who call upon him in truth.
Jn 5: 17-30
  [17] But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am
  working."
  [18] This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he
  not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making
  himself equal with God.
  [19]

  Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do
  nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for
  whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.
  [20] For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself
  is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may
  marvel.
  [21] For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also
  the Son gives life to whom he will.
  [22] The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
  [23] that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who
  does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
  [24] Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him
  who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has
  passed from death to life.
  [25]

  "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the
  dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will
  live.
  [26] For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son
  also to have life in himself,
  [27] and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is
  the Son of man.
  [28] Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in
  the tombs will hear his voice
  [29] and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of
  life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
  [30]

  "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my
  judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him
  who sent me.

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2011 Apr 5 Tue: Lenten Weekday

Ez 47: 1-9. 12
  [1]

  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water
  was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east
  (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below
  the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.
  [2] Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round
  on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the
  water was coming out on the south side.
  [3]

  Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand
  cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep.
  [4] Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it
  was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the
  water; and it was up to the loins.
  [5] Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not
  pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in,
  a river that could not be passed through.
  [6] And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?"

  Then he led me back along the bank of the river.
  [7] As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees
  on the one side and on the other.
  [8] And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and
  goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of
  the sea, the water will become fresh.
  [9] And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms
  will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes
  there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will
  live where the river goes.
  [12] And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all
  kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit
  fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water
  for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and
  their leaves for healing."

Ps 46: 2-3. 5-6. 8-9
  [1] God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
  [2] Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
  though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
  [4] There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
  the holy habitation of the Most High.
  [5] God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
  God will help her right early.
  [7] The LORD of hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah]
  [8] Come, behold the works of the LORD,
  how he has wrought desolations in the earth.
Jn 5: 1-16
  [1]

  After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to
  Jerusalem.
  [2]

  Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called
  Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes.
  [3] In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed.
  [5] One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
  [6] When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long
  time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"
  [7] The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the
  pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps
  down before me."
  [8] Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk."
  [9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and
  walked.

  Now that day was the sabbath.
  [10] So the Jewish leaders said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it
  is not lawful for you to carry your pallet."
  [11] But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, `Take up
  your pallet, and walk.'"
  [12] They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your
  pallet, and walk'?"
  [13] Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for
  Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
  [14] Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See,
  you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you."
  [15] The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had
  healed him.
  [16] And this was why the leaders persecuted Jesus, because he did this
  on the sabbath.

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2011 Apr 4 Mon: Lenten Weekday

Is 65: 17-21
  [17] "For behold, I create new heavens
  and a new earth;
  and the former things shall not be remembered
  or come into mind.
  [18] But be glad and rejoice for ever
  in that which I create;
  for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing,
  and her people a joy.
  [19] I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
  and be glad in my people;
  no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
  and the cry of distress.
  [20] No more shall there be in it
  an infant that lives but a few days,
  or an old man who does not fill out his days,
  for the child shall die a hundred years old,
  and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
  [21] They shall build houses and inhabit them;
  they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Ps 30: 2 and 4. 5-6. 11-12a and 13b
  [2] O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help,
  and thou hast healed me.
  [4] Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
  and give thanks to his holy name.
  [5] For his anger is but for a moment,
  and his favor is for a lifetime.
  Weeping may tarry for the night,
  but joy comes with the morning.
  [6] As for me, I said in my prosperity,
  "I shall never be moved."
  [11] Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
  thou hast loosed my sackcloth
  and girded me with gladness,
  [12] that my soul may praise thee and not be silent.
  O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.

Jn 4: 43-54.
  [43]

  After the two days he departed to Galilee.
  [44] For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his
  own country.
  [45] So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having
  seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had
  gone to the feast.
  [46]

  So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine.
  And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill.
  [47] When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went
  and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point
  of death.
  [48] Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders
  you will not believe."
  [49] The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
  [50] Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the
  word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way.
  [51] As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his
  son was living.
  [52] So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to
  him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."
  [53] The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him,
  "Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household.
  [54] This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from
  Judea to Galilee.

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2011 Apr 3 SUN: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT.
1 Sm 16: 1b. 6-7. 10-13a
  [1]

  The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I
  have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with
  oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have
  provided for myself a king among his sons."

  [6]

  When they came, he looked on Eli'ab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S
  anointed is before him."
  [7] But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on
  the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD
  sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the
  LORD looks on the heart."
  [10] And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel
  said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."
  [11] And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said,
  "There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep."
  And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and fetch him; for we will not sit
  down till he comes here."
  [12] And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had
  beautiful eyes, and was handsome. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint
  him; for this is he."
  [13] Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst
  of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David
  from that day forward. And Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Ps 23: 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6 (1)
  [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.
  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.
  [5] Thou preparest a table before me
  in the presence of my enemies;
  thou anointest my head with oil,
  my cup overflows.
  [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.

Eph 5: 8-14
  [8] for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord;
  walk as children of light
  [9] (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and
  true),
  [10] and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
  [11] Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead
  expose them.
  [12] For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in
  secret;
  [13] but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for
  anything that becomes visible is light.
  [14] Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
  and Christ shall give you light."

Jn 9: 1-41
 John.9

  [1]

  As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
  [2] And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his
  parents, that he was born blind?"
  [3] Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents,
  but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.
  [4] We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night
  comes, when no one can work.
  [5] As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
  [6] As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the
  spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay,
  [7] saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Silo'am" (which means
  Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
  [8] The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said,
  "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?"
  [9] Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He
  said, "I am the man."
  [10] They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?"
  [11] He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes
  and said to me, `Go to Silo'am and wash'; so I went and washed and
  received my sight."
  [12] They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."
  [13]

  They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
  [14] Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his
  eyes.
  [15] The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And
  he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see."
  [16] Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he
  does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a
  sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them.
  [17] So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about him,
  since he has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
  [18]

  The Jew leaders  did not believe that he had been blind and had received his
  sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his
  sight,
  [19] and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
  How then does he now see?"
  [20] His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he
  was born blind;
  [21] but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his
  eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself."
  [22] His parents said this because they feared the leaders, for they
  had already agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he
  was to be put out of the synagogue.
  [23] Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him."
  [24]

  So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and
  said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner."
  [25] He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I
  know, that though I was blind, now I see."
  [26] They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your
  eyes?"
  [27] He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not
  listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become
  his disciples?"
  [28] And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are
  disciples of Moses.
  [29] We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do
  not know where he comes from."
  [30] The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where
  he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.
  [31] We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a
  worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
  [32] Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened
  the eyes of a man born blind.
  [33] If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
  [34] They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you
  teach us?" And they cast him out.
  [35]

  Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said,
  "Do you believe in the Son of man?"
  [36] He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
  [37] Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to
  you."
  [38] He said, "Lord, I believe"; and he worshiped him.
  [39] Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who
  do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."
  [40] Some of the Pharisees near him heard this, and they said to him,
  "Are we also blind?"
  [41] Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt;
  but now that you say, `We see,' your guilt remains.

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