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Today is Sunday, December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent

 

Is 40:1-5, 9-11

Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

2 Pt 3:8-14

Mk 1:1-18

 

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A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Is 40:1-5, 9-11

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Thus says the Lord:

 

[1]Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

[2] Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her

that her warfare is ended,that her iniquity is pardoned,

that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

[3] A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

[4] Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

[5] And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,

and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

 

[9] Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;

lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,

lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"

[10] Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him;

behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

[11] He will feed his flock like a shepherd, 

he will gather the lambs in his arms,

he will carry them in his bosom,

and gently lead those that are with young.

 

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From Psalm 85

Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

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R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

 

[9] Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people,

to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

[10] Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,

that glory may dwell in our land.

 

R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

 

[11] Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;

righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

[12] Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,

and righteousness will look down from the sky.

 

R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

 

[13] Yea, the LORD will give what is good,

and our land will yield its increase.

[14] Righteousness will go before him,

and make his footsteps a way.

 

R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

 

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A reading from Second Letter of Saint Peter

2 Pt 3:8-14

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[8]But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, 

that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, 

and a thousand years as one day.

[9] The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, 

but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, 

but that all should reach repentance. 

[10] But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, 

and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, 

and the elements will be dissolved with fire, 

and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. 

[11] Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, 

what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,

[12] waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, 

because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, 

and the elements will melt with fire! 

[13] But according to his promise we wait for new heavens 

and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 

[14] Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, 

be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark

Mk 1:1-18

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[1] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

[2] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, 

"Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,

who shall prepare thy way;

[3] the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight -- "

[4] John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, 

preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 

[5] And there went out to him all the country of Judea, 

and all the people of Jerusalem; 

and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 

[6] Now John was clothed with camel's hair, 

and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. 

[7] And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, 

the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 

[8] I have baptized you with water; 

but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 

[9]In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee 

and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

[10] And when he came up out of the water, 

immediately he saw the heavens opened 

and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 

[11] and a voice came from heaven, 

"Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased." 

[12] The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

[13] And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; 

and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him. 

[14] Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, 

preaching the gospel of God,

[15] and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; 

repent, and believe in the gospel." 

[16] And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, 

he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; 

for they were fishermen.

[17] And Jesus said to them, 

"Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." 

[18] And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 

 

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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Rv 22:1-7
Ps 95:1-2,3-5,6-7ab
Lk 21:34-36

Response:  Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

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Friday, November 28th, 2014
Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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Rv 20:1-4,11-21:2
Ps 84:3,4,5-6a&8a
Lk 21:29-33

Response:  Here God lives among his people.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Thanksgiving Day
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Sir 50:22-24
Ps 145:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9,10-11
1Cor 1:3-9
Lk 17:11-19

Response:  I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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Rv 18:1-2,21-23;19:1-3,9a
Ps 100:1b-2,3,4,5
Lk 21:20-28

Response:  Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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Rv 15:1-4
Ps 98:1,2-3ab,7-8,9
Lk 21:12-19

Response:  Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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Rv 14:14-19
Ps 96:10,11-12,13
Lk 21:5-11

Response:  The Lord comes to judge the earth.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyr
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Rv 14:1-3,4b-5
Ps 24:1bc-2,3-4ab,5-6
Lk 21:1-4

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

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Solemnity of Christ the King, thirty-fourth and last Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Ez 14:11-12,15-17
Ps 23:1-2,2-3,5-6
1Cor 15:20-26,28
Mt 25:31-46

Response:  The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Rv 11:4-12
Ps 144:1,2,9-10
Lk 20:27-40

Response:  Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

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Friday, November 21st, 2014
Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rv 10:8-11
Ps 119:14,24,72,103,111,131
Lk 19:45-48

Response:  How sweet to my taste is your promise!

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Rv 5:1-10
Ps 149:1b-2,3-4,5-6a&9b
Lk 19:41-44

Response:  The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Rv 4:1-11
Ps 150:1b-2,3-4,5-6
Lk 19:11-28

Response:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Rv 3:1-6,14-22
Ps 15:2-3a,3bc-4ab,5
Lk 19:1-10

Response:  I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Rv 1:1-4;2:1-5
Ps 1:1-2,3,4&6
Lk 18:35-43

Response:  Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thiry-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prv 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
Ps 128:1-2,3,4-5
1Thes 5:1-6
Mt 25:14-30

Response:  Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

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Today is Saturday November 15, 2014 - Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


3 John 1: 5 – 8
A reading from the 3 letter of John
5 Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers, 6 who have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey as befits God’s service. 7 For they have set out for his sake and have accepted nothing from the heathen. 8 So we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers in the truth.
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From Psalm 112
Psalms 112: 1 – 6
R Blessed is the man who fears the LORD
1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
R Blessed is the man who fears the LORD
3 Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever. 4 Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
R Blessed is the man who fears the LORD
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
R Blessed is the man who fears the LORD
 
Luke 18: 1 – 8
A reading from the holy Gospel acoridng to Luke
1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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Today is Friday November 14, 2014 - Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
2 John 1: 4 – 9
A reading from the 2nd letter of John
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 5 And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son.
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Psalms 119: 1 – 2, 10 – 11, 17 – 18
From Psalm 119

R Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
R Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
R Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. 17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live and observe thy word.
R Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law
R Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
 
Luke 17: 26 – 37
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was in the days of Lot — they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all — 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”
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Today is Thursday November 13, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Philemon 1: 7 – 20

A reading from the letter of Paul to Philemon
7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you — I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus — 10 I appeal to you for my child, Ones’imus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand, I will repay it — to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
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Psalms 146: 7 – 10

From Psalm 146
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob
7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob
 8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob

9 The LORD watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.10 The LORD will reign for ever, thy God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob
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Luke 17: 20 – 25

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!’ or `There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” 22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, `Lo, there!’ or `Lo, here!’ Do not go, do not follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
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Today is Wednesday November 12, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Titus 3: 1 – 7
A reading from the letter of Paul to Titus
1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; 4 but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
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From Psalm 23
Psalms 23: 1 – 6
R The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; 2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul.
R The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
R The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want
 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.
R The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want
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Luke 17: 11 – 19
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Sama’ria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
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Today is Tuesday November 11, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
A reading from the letter of Paul to Titus
1 But as for you, teach what befits sound doctrine. 2 Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited. 6 Likewise urge the younger men to control themselves. 7 Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us. 11 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, 12 training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
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Psalms 37: 3 – 4, 18, 23, 27, 29
From Psalm 23
R The salvation of the just comes from the Lord
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
R The salvation of the just comes from the Lord
 18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide for ever; 23 The steps of a man are from the LORD, and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
R The salvation of the just comes from the Lord
 27 Depart from evil, and do good; so shall you abide for ever. 29 The righteous shall possess the land, and dwell upon it for ever.
R The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

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Luke 17: 7 – 10
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
7 “Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
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Today is Monday November 10, 2014 - Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Titus 1: 1 – 9

A reading from the letter of Paul to Titus
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Savior; 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5 This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you, 6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate. 7 For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled; 9 he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.

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Psalms 24: 1 – 6

From Psalm 24
R Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
1 The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; 2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
R Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
R Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
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Luke 17: 1 – 6

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, `I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, `Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
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Today is Sunday November 9, 2014 - Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Ezekiel 47: 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 12
A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel

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. 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.”

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Psalms 46: 2 – 3, 5 – 6, 8 – 9
From Psalm 46

R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
R.  The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has wrought desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the chariots with fire!
R. (5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
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1 Corinthians 3: 9 – 11, 16 – 17
A Reading from the 1st letter of Paul to the Corinthians

9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.

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John 2: 13 – 22

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he spoke of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

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

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

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

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

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

R. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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

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R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

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

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

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

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

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

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Response:  How great are the works of the Lord!

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

Response:  Blessed be the LORD, my rock.

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

Response:  The Lord is faithful in all his words.

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

Response:  Their message goes out through all the earth.

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

Response:  Behave like God as his very dear children.

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

Response:  I love you, Lord, my strength.

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

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

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

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

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

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

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

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord speaks peace to his people

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

The Lord speaks peace to his people

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

The Lord speaks peace to his people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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