Today is Saturday, August 2nd, Memorial of Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop, and Peter Julian Eymard, Priest

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 26: 11-16. 24]

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[11] The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people, “This man deserves death; he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.” [12] Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people: “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city all that you have heard. [13] Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the LORD your God, so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you. [14] As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think good and right. [15] But mark well: if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens. For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you, to speak all these things for you to hear.” [16] Thereupon the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve death; it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.” [24] But Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah, so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

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From Psalm 69 [Ps 69: 15-16. 30-31. 33-34]

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R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me!

[15] Rescue me from the mire; do not let me sink. Rescue me from my enemies and from the watery depths. [16] Do not let the floodwaters overwhelm me, nor the deep swallow me, nor the mouth of the pit close over me. 

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me!

[30] But I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving help protect me, God, [31] That I may praise God’s name in song and glorify it with thanksgiving. 

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me!

[33] “See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take heart! [34] For the LORD hears the poor, does not spurn those in bondage.

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me!

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 14: 1-12]

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[1] At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; [2] and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." [3] For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; [4] because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." [5] And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. [6] But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod, [7] so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. [8] Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." [9] And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given; [10] he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, [11] and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. [12] And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus. 

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Today is Friday, August 1st, Memorial of Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, religious founder, and Doctor of the Church

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 26: 1-9]

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[1] In the beginning of the reign of Jehoi’akim the son of Josi’ah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, [2] “Thus says the LORD: Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah which come to worship in the house of the LORD all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word. [3] It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the evil which I intend to do to them because of their evil doings. [4] You shall say to them, `Thus says the LORD: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law which I have set before you, [5] and to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not heeded, [6] then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.’” [7] The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. [8] And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! [9] Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, `This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered about Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

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From Psalm 69 [Ps 69: 5. 8-10. 14]

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R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.

[5] More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore?

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.

[8] For it is for thy sake that I have borne reproach, that shame has covered my face. [9] I have become a stranger to my brethren, an alien to my mother's sons. [10] For zeal for thy house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me.

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.

[14] But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me. With thy faithful help

R. O God, in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 13: 54-58]

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[54] and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? [55] Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? [56] And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” [57] And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” [58] And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

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Today is Thursday, July 31st, Memorial of Ignatius of Loyola, Priest and Religious Founder

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 18: 1-6]

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[1] The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: [2] “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” [3] So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. [4] And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. [5] Then the word of the LORD came to me: [6] “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

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From Psalm 146 [Ps 146: 1b-2. 3-4. 5-6ab]

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R. Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob!

[1] Praise the LORD, O my soul! [2] I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being. 

R. Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob!

[3] Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. [4] When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish. 

R. Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob!

[5] Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, [6] who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them;

R. Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob!

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 13: 47-53]

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[47] “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; [48] when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. [49] So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, [50] and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. [51] “Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.” [52] And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” [53] And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,

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Today is Wednesday, July 30th, Memorial of  Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 15: 10. 16-21]

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[10] Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. [16] Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O LORD, God of hosts. [17] I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me, for thou hadst filled me with indignation. [18] Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Wilt thou be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? [19] Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. [20] And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the LORD. [21] I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”

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From Psalm 59 [Ps 59: 2-3. 4. 10-11. 17. 18]

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R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

[2] Deliver me from my enemies, O my God, protect me from those who rise up against me, [3] deliver me from those who work evil, and save me from bloodthirsty men.

R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

[4] For, lo, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men band themselves against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,

R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

[10] O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee;for thou, O God, art my fortress. [11] My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

[17] But I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

[18] O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee, for thou, O God, art my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

R. God is my refuge in the day of my distress.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 13: 44-46]

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[44] “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. [45] “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, [46] who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

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Today is Tuesday, July 29th, Memorial of Martha, disciple of the Lord

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 14: 17-22]

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[17] “You shall say to them this word: `Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is smitten with a great wound, with a very grievous blow. [18] If I go out into the field, behold, those slain by the sword! And if I enter the city, behold, the diseases of famine! For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land, and have no knowledge.’” [19] Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? Does thy soul loathe Zion? Why hast thou smitten us so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror. [20] We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against thee. [21] Do not spurn us, for thy name’s sake; do not dishonor thy glorious throne; remember and do not break thy covenant with us. [22] Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Art thou not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on thee, for thou doest all these things.

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From Psalm 79 [Ps 79: 8. 9. 11 and 13]

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R. For the glory of thy name; deliver us!

[8] Do not remember against us the iniquities of our forefathers; let thy compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. 

R. For the glory of thy name; deliver us!

[9] Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for thy name’s sake! 

R. For the glory of thy name; deliver us!

[11] Let the groans of the prisoners come before thee; according to thy great power preserve those doomed to die! [13] Then we thy people, the flock of thy pasture, will give thanks to thee for ever; from generation to generation we will recount thy praise.

R. For the glory of thy name; deliver us!

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint John [Jn 11: 19-27]

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[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.”

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Today is Monday, July 28th, Monday in the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah [Jer 13: 1-11]

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[1] Thus said the LORD to me, “Go and buy a linen waistcloth, and put it on your loins, and do not dip it in water.” [2] So I bought a waistcloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. [3] And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, [4] “Take the waistcloth which you have bought, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphra’tes, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.” [5] So I went, and hid it by the Euphra’tes, as the LORD commanded me. [6] And after many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphra’tes, and take from there the waistcloth which I commanded you to hide there.” [7] Then I went to the Euphra’tes, and dug, and I took the waistcloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the waistcloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing. [8] Then the word of the LORD came to me: [9] “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. [10] This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this waistcloth, which is good for nothing. [11] For as the waistcloth clings to the loins of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

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The Responsorial Psalm is from the Book of Deuteronomy [Dt 32: 18-19. 20. 21]

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R. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.

[18] You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth. [19] “The LORD saw it, and spurned them, because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters. 

R. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.

[20] And he said, `I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. 

R. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.

[21] They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me with their idols. So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them with a foolish nation.

R. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 13: 31-35]

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[31] Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; [32] it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” [33] He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” [34] All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. [35] This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

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Today is Sunday, July 27th, Sunday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the First Book of Kings [1 Kgs 3: 5. 7-12]

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[5] At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” [7] And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. [8] And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. [9] Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?” [10] It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. [11] And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, [12] behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

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From Psalm 119 [Ps 119: 57. 72. 76-77. 127-128. 129-130 (97a)]

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R. Oh, how I love thy law!

[57] The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep thy words. [72] The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. 

R. Oh, how I love thy law!

[76] Let thy steadfast love be ready to comfort me according to thy promise to thy servant. [77] Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight. 

R. Oh, how I love thy law!

[127] Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, above fine gold. [128] Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts; I hate every false way. 

R. Oh, how I love thy law!

[129] Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. 130 The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

R. Oh, how I love thy law!

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [Rom 8: 28-30]

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[28] We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. [30] And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Saint Matthew [Mt 13: 44-52]

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[44] “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. [45] “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, [46] who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. [47] “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; [48] when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. [49] So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, [50] and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. [51] “Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.” [52] And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Jer 7:1-11
Ps 84:3,4,5-6a&8a,11
(RSV: Ps 84:2,3,4-5a&7a,10)
Mt 13:24-30

Response:  How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

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Friday, July 25th, 2014
Feast of Saint James, Apostle
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2Cor 4:7-15
Ps 126:1bc-2ab,2cd-3,4-5,6
Mt 20:20-28

Response:  Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jer 2:1-3,7-8,12-13
Ps 36:6-7ab,8-9,10-11
(RSV: Ps 36:5-6ab,7-8,9-10)
Mt 13:10-17

Response:  With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jer 1:1,4-10
Ps 71:1-2,3-4a,5-6ab,15&17
Mt 13:1-9

Response:  I will sing of your salvation.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene
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Mi 7:14-15,18-20
Ps 85:2-4,5-6,7-8
Jn 20:1-2,11-18

Response:  Lord, show us your mercy and love.

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Monday, July 21st, 2014
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Mi 6:1-4,6-8
Ps 50:5-6,8-9,16bc-17,21&23
Mt 12:38-42

Response:  To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Wis 12:13,16-19
Ps 86:5-6,9-10,15-16
Rom 8:26-27
Mt 13:24-43

Response:  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

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2014 Jul 19 Saturday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time


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A reading from the book of Micah
Mi 2: 1-5
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[1] Woe to those who devise wickedness
and work evil upon their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
[2] They covet fields, and seize them;
and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
[3] Therefore thus says the LORD:
Behold, against this family I am devising evil,
from which you cannot remove your necks;
and you shall not walk haughtily,
for it will be an evil time.
[4] In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you,
and wail with bitter lamentation,
and say, "We are utterly ruined;
he changes the portion of my people;
how he removes it from me!
Among our captors he divides our fields."
[5] Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot
in the assembly of the LORD.

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From Psalm 10
Ps 10: 1-2. 3-4. 7-8. 14
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Forget not the afflicted, O Lord

[1] Why dost thou stand afar off, O LORD?
Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
[2] In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.

Forget not the afflicted, O Lord
 
[3] For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart,
and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
[4] In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."

Forget not the afflicted, O Lord
 
[7] His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
[8] He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless

Forget not the afflicted, O Lord
 
[14] Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation,
that thou mayest take it into thy hands;
the hapless commits himself to thee;
thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.

Forget not the afflicted, O Lord

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 12: 14-21
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[14] The Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
[15] Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,
[16] and ordered them not to make him known.
[17] This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
[18] "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
[19] He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
[20] he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick,
till he brings justice to victory;
[21] and in his name will the Gentiles hope."

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2014 Jul 18 Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 38: 1-6. 21-22. 7-8
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[1] Hezeki'ah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, "Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order; for you shall die, you shall not recover."
[2] Then Hezeki'ah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the LORD,
[3] and said, "Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in thy sight." And Hezeki'ah wept bitterly.
[4] Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
[5] "Go and say to Hezeki'ah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.
[6] I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and defend this city.
[21] Now Isaiah had said, "Let them take a cake of figs, and apply it to the boil, that he may recover."
[22] Hezeki'ah also had said, "What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?"
Isaiah answered:
[7] "This is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised:
[8] Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps." So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.

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From Isaiah
Is 38: 10. 11. 12abcd. 16
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You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

[10] I said, In the noontide of my days
I must depart;
I am consigned to the gates of Sheol
for the rest of my years.

You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

[11] I said, I shall not see the LORD
in the land of the living;
I shall look upon man no more
among the inhabitants of the world.

You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

[12] My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
like a shepherd's tent;
like a weaver I have rolled up my life;
he cuts me off from the loom;

You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

[16] O Lord, by these things men live,
and in all these is the life of my spirit.
Oh, restore me to health and make me live!

You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 12: 1-8
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[1] Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
[2] But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."
[3] He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
[4] how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
[5] Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
[6] I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
[7] And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
[8] For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath."

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2014 Jul 17 Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time


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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 26: 7-9. 11. 16-19
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[7] The way of the righteous is level;
thou dost make smooth the path of the righteous.
[8] In the path of thy judgments,
O LORD, we wait for thee;
thy memorial name
is the desire of our soul.
[9] My soul yearns for thee in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee.
For when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
[11] O LORD, thy hand is lifted up,
but they see it not.
Let them see thy zeal for thy people, and be ashamed.
Let the fire for thy adversaries consume them.
[16] O LORD, in distress they sought thee,
they poured out a prayer
when thy chastening was upon them.
[17] Like a woman with child,
who writhes and cries out in her pangs,
when she is near her time,
so were we because of thee, O LORD;
[18] we were with child, we writhed,
we have as it were brought forth wind.
We have wrought no deliverance in the earth,
and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
[19] Thy dead shall live, their bodies shall rise.
O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For thy dew is a dew of light,
and on the land of the shades thou wilt let it fall.

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From Psalm 102
Ps 102: 13-14ab and 15. 16-18. 19-21
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From heaven the LORD looks at the earth

[13] But thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever;
thy name endures to all generations.
[14] Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her.
[15] For thy servants hold her stones dear,
and have pity on her dust.

From heaven the LORD looks at the earth
 
[16] The nations will fear the name of the LORD,
and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
[17] For the LORD will build up Zion,
he will appear in his glory;
[18] he will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their supplication.

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

From heaven the LORD looks at the earth

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 11: 28-30
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Jesus said:
[28] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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2014 Jul 16 Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time


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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 10: 5-7. 13b-16
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Thus says the Lord:
[5] Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger,
the staff of my fury!
[6] Against a godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take spoil and seize plunder,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
[7] But he does not so intend,
and his mind does not so think;
but it is in his mind to destroy,
and to cut off nations not a few;

[13] For he says: "By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
I have removed the boundaries of peoples,
and have plundered their treasures;
like a bull I have brought down those who sat on thrones.
[14] My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
and as men gather eggs that have been forsaken
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved a wing,
or opened the mouth, or chirped."
[15] Shall the axe vaunt itself over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
[16] Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.

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From Psalm 94
Ps 94: 5-6. 7-8. 9-10. 14-15
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The LORD will not forsake his people

[5] The wicked crush thy people, O LORD,
and afflict thy heritage.
[6] They slay the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;

The LORD will not forsake his people
 
[7] and they say, "The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive."
[8] Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?

The LORD will not forsake his people
 
[9] He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
[10] He who chastens the nations, does he not chastise?
He who teaches men knowledge,

The LORD will not forsake his people
 
[14] For the LORD will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
[15] for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.

The LORD will not forsake his people

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 11: 25-27
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[25] At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
[26] yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
[27] All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

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2014 Jul 15 Tue: Memorial of St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 7: 1-9
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[1] In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzzi'ah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remali'ah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but they could not conquer it.
[2] When the house of David was told, "Syria is in league with E'phraim," his heart and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
[3] And the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go forth to meet Ahaz, you and She'ar-jash'ub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller's Field,
[4] and say to him, `Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remali'ah.
[5] Because Syria, with E'phraim and the son of Remali'ah, has devised evil against you, saying,
[6] "Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Ta'be-el as king in the midst of it,"
[7] thus says the Lord GOD: It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
[8] For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
(Within sixty-five years E'phraim will be broken to pieces so that it will no longer be a people.)
[9] And the head of E'phraim is Sama'ria,
and the head of Sama'ria is the son of Remali'ah.
If you will not believe,
surely you shall not be established.'"

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 48
Ps 48: 2-3a. 3b-4. 5-6. 7-8
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God upholds his city forever.

[2] Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
in the city of our God!
His holy mountain,
[3] beautiful in elevation,
is the joy of all the earth,

God upholds his city forever.

Mount Zion, in the far north,
is the city of the great King.
[4] Within her citadels God
has shown himself a sure defense.

God upholds his city forever.
 
[5] For lo, the kings assembled,
they came on together.
[6] As soon as they saw it, they were astounded,
they were in panic, they took to flight;

God upholds his city forever.
 
[7] trembling took hold of them there,
anguish as of a woman in travail.
[8] By the east wind thou didst shatter
the ships of Tarshish.

God upholds his city forever.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 11: 20-24
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[20] Jesus began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
[21] "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
[22] But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
[23] And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
[24] But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you."

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2014 Jul 14 Mon: Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 1: 10-17
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[10] Hear the word of the LORD,
you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomor'rah!
[11] "What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the LORD;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of he-goats.
[12] "When you come to appear before me,
who requires of you
this trampling of my courts?
[13] Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies --
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
[14] Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me,
I am weary of bearing them.
[15] When you spread forth your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
[16] Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
[17] learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
defend the fatherless,
plead for the widow.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 50
Ps 50: 8-9. 16bc-17. 21 and 23
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To him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God

[8] I do not reprove you for your sacrifices;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
[9] I will accept no bull from your house,
nor he-goat from your folds.

To him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God

[16] "What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?
[17] For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.

To him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God

[21] These things you have done and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.

To him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God

[23] He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me;
to him who orders his way aright
I will show the salvation of God!"

To him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 10: 34 – 11: 1
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Jesus said to his Apostles:
[34] "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
[35] For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
[36] and a man's foes will be those of his own household.
[37] He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
[38] and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
[39] He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
[40] "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
[41] He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
[42] And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
[1] And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

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2014 Jul 13 SUN: FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 

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A reading from the book of Isaiah
Is 55: 10-11
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Thus says the Lord:
[10] "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,
[11] 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.”

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 65
Ps 65: 10. 11. 12-13. 14 (Lk 8:8)
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The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

[10] Thou visitest the earth and waterest it,
thou greatly enrichest it;
the river of God is full of water;
thou providest their grain,
for so thou hast prepared it.

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

[11] Thou waterest its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

[12] Thou crownest the year with thy bounty;
the tracks of thy chariot drip with fatness.
[13] The pastures of the wilderness drip,
the hills gird themselves with joy,

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

[14] the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans
Rom 8: 18-23
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Brothers and sisters:
[18] I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
[19] For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
[20] for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
[21] because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
[22] We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
[23] and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 13: 1-23
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[1] On that day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
[2] And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach.
[3] And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.
[4] And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
[5] Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
[6] but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.
[7] Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
[8] Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
[9] He who has ears, let him hear."
[10] Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
[11] And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
[12] For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
[13] This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
[14] With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
[15] For this people's heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.'
[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
[17] Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
[18] "Hear then the parable of the sower.
[19] When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.
[20] As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
[21] yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
[22] As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
[23] As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

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Saturday June 14, 2014
Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

A Reading from First Kings   1 kgs 19:19-21

So Elija departed from there, and found Eli'sha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing,
with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Eli'jah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him.

[20] And he left the oxen, and ran after Eli'jah, and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother,
and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again; for what have I done to you?"
[21] And he returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and slew them,
and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate.
Then he arose and went after Eli'jah, and ministered to him.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 16   ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10

R: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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."
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
 thou holdest my lot.

R: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew mt 5:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples, "Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old,
`You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'

[34] But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
[35] or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

[36] And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
[37] Let what you say be simply `Yes' or `No'; anything more than this comes from evil.

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Wenesday June 11, 2014
Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle

A Reading from Acts of the Apostles  acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3

a great number that believed turned to the Lord.
[22] News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
[23] When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose;
[24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord.

[25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul;
[26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church,
and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,
Lucius of Cyre'ne, Man'a-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

[2] While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas a
nd Saul for the work to which I have called them."
[3] Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 98   ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

O sing to the LORD a new song,
 for he has done marvelous things!
 His right hand and his holy arm
 have gotten him victory.

R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

The LORD has made known his victory,
 he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
[3] He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
 to the house of Israel.

R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

All the ends of the earth have seen
 the victory of our God.
[4] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
 break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
 with the lyre and the sound of melody!
[6] With trumpets and the sound of the horn
 make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew mt 5:17-19

"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.

[18] For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
[19] Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so,
shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall
be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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