2015 Apr 26 SUN: FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 4: 8-12
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[8] Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders,
[9] if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed,
[10] be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.
[11] This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.
[12] And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 118
Ps 118: 1. 8-9. 21-23. 26. 28. 29 (22)
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The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

[1] O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever!
[8] It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to put confidence in man.
[9] It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to put confidence in princes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

[21] I thank thee that thou hast answered me
and hast become my salvation.
[22] The stone which the builders rejected
has become the head of the corner.
[23] This is the LORD's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

[26] Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD!
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
[28] Thou art my God, and I will give thanks to thee;
thou art my God, I will extol thee.
[29] O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

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A reading from the first letter of John
1 Jn 3: 1-2
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Beloved:
[1] See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
[2] Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

The Word of the Lord

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A reading from the holy gospel according to John
Jn 10: 11-18
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Jesus said:
[11] I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
[12] He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
[13] He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
[14] I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
[15] as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
[16] And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
[17] For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
[18] No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father."

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Today is Saturday March 28, 2015
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

A reading from the Prophen Ezekiel        Ez 37:21-28

Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone,
and will gather them from all sides, and bring them to their own land;
[22] and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all;
and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.

[23] They shall not defile themselves any more with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions;
but I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

[24] "My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes.

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

The Word of the Lord.

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The Responsorial is from the Prophet Jeremaiah        Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13

R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

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

R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

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

R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

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

R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    Jn 11:45-56

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;

[46] but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
[47] So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.

[48] If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation."
[49] But one of them, Ca'iaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all;

[50] you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish."
[51] He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation,
[52] and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
[53] So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.
[54]

Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but went from there to the country near the wilderness,
to a town called E'phraim; and there he stayed with the disciples.

[55]
Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover,
to purify themselves.

[56] They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple,
"What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"

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Today is Friday March 27, 2015
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

A reading from the Prophet Jeremaiah        Jer 20:10-13

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

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 18        PS 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7

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

[1] I love thee, O LORD, my strength.
[2] The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    Jn 10:31-42

The Jews took up stones again to stone him.

[32] Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?"
[33] The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy;
because you, being a man, make yourself God."
[34] Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods'?

[35] If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken),
[36] do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,' because I said, `I am the Son of God'?
[37] If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;

[38] but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
[39] Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
[40]
He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained.

[41] And many came to him; and they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true."
[42] And many believed in him there.

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Today is Thursday March 26, 2015
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

A reading from the Book of Genesis        Gn 17:3-9

Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
[4] "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
[5] No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

[6] I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you.
[7] And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you
throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

[8] And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan,
for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
[9]
And God said to Abraham, "As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

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From Psalm 105        Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    Jn 8:51-59

Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death."
[52] The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say,
`If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.'
[53] Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?"

[54] Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God.
[55] But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you;
but I do know him and I keep his word.
[56] Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
[57] The Jews then said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

[58] Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."
[59] So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

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Today is Wednesday March 25, 2015
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah        Is 7:10-14; 8:10

the LORD spoke to Ahaz,

[11] "Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven."
[12] But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test."
[13] And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
[14] Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Imman'u-el, which means "God is with us."

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From Psalm 40            Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire;
 but thou hast given me an open ear.
 Burnt offering and sin offering
 thou hast not required.
[7] Then I said, "Lo, I come;

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

in the roll of the book it is written of me;
[8] I delight to do thy will, O my God;
 thy law is within my heart."

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

I have told the glad news of deliverance
 in the great congregation;
 lo, I have not restrained my lips,
 as thou knowest, O LORD.

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

I have not hid thy saving help within my heart,
 I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation;
 I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness
 from the great congregation.

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

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A Reading from Hebrews        Heb 10:4-10

For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
[5]
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
"Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired,
 but a body hast thou prepared for me;
[6] in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.

[7] Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,'
 as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
[8] When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings
and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),

[9] then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
[10] And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke    Lk 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

[27] to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
[28] And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
[29] But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.

[30] And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
[31] And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
[32] He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;

 and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
[33] and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
 and of his kingdom there will be no end."
[34] And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"

[35] And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
 and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
 therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
 the Son of God.
[36]
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son;
and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

[37] For with God nothing will be impossible."
[38] And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
And the angel departed from her.

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Today is Tuesday March 24, 2015
Tuesday of the fifth week of Lent

A reading from the Book of Numbers            Nm 21:4-9

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way.

[5] And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?
For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
[6] Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

[7] And the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you;
pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
[8] And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live."
[9] So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 102                Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21

R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

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

R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

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

R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

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

R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John        Jn 8:21-30

he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."

[22] Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?"
[23] He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
[24] I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he."
[25] They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning.

[26] I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."
[27] They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.
[28] So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he,
and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.

[29] And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him."
[30] As he spoke thus, many believed in him.

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Today is Monday March 23, 2015
Monday of the fifth week of Lent

A Reading from the book of Daniel        Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62

In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,
who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,
the daughter of Hilkiah;
her pious parents had trained their daughter
according to the law of Moses.
Joakim was very rich;
he had a garden near his house,
and the Jews had recourse to him often
because he was the most respected of them all.

That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,
of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:
from the elders who were to govern the people as judges.”
These men, to whom all brought their cases,
frequented the house of Joakim.
When the people left at noon,
Susanna used to enter her husband’s garden for a walk.
When the old men saw her enter every day for her walk,
they began to lust for her.
They suppressed their consciences;
they would not allow their eyes to look to heaven,
and did not keep in mind just judgments.

One day, while they were waiting for the right moment,
she entered the garden as usual, with two maids only.
She decided to bathe, for the weather was warm.
Nobody else was there except the two elders,
who had hidden themselves and were watching her.
“Bring me oil and soap,” she said to the maids,
“and shut the garden doors while I bathe.”

As soon as the maids had left,
the two old men got up and hurried to her.
“Look,” they said, “the garden doors are shut, and no one can see us;
give in to our desire, and lie with us.
If you refuse, we will testify against you
that you dismissed your maids because a young man was here with you.”

“I am completely trapped,” Susanna groaned.
“If I yield, it will be my death;
if I refuse, I cannot escape your power.
Yet it is better for me to fall into your power without guilt
than to sin before the Lord.”
Then Susanna shrieked, and the old men also shouted at her,
as one of them ran to open the garden doors.
When the people in the house heard the cries from the garden,
they rushed in by the side gate to see what had happened to her.
At the accusations by the old men,
the servants felt very much ashamed,
for never had any such thing been said about Susanna.

When the people came to her husband Joakim the next day,
the two wicked elders also came,
fully determined to put Susanna to death.
Before all the people they ordered:
“Send for Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah,
the wife of Joakim.”
When she was sent for,
she came with her parents, children and all her relatives.
All her relatives and the onlookers were weeping.

In the midst of the people the two elders rose up
and laid their hands on her head.
Through tears she looked up to heaven,
for she trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly.
The elders made this accusation:
“As we were walking in the garden alone,
this woman entered with two girls
and shut the doors of the garden, dismissing the girls.
A young man, who was hidden there, came and lay with her.
When we, in a corner of the garden, saw this crime,
we ran toward them.
We saw them lying together,
but the man we could not hold, because he was stronger than we;
he opened the doors and ran off.
Then we seized her and asked who the young man was,
but she refused to tell us.
We testify to this.”
The assembly believed them,
since they were elders and judges of the people,
and they condemned her to death.

But Susanna cried aloud:
“O eternal God, you know what is hidden
and are aware of all things before they come to be:
you know that they have testified falsely against me.
Here I am about to die,
though I have done none of the things
with which these wicked men have charged me.”

The Lord heard her prayer.
As she was being led to execution,
God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel,
and he cried aloud:
“I will have no part in the death of this woman.”
All the people turned and asked him, “What is this you are saying?”
He stood in their midst and continued,
“Are you such fools, O children of Israel!
To condemn a woman of Israel without examination
and without clear evidence?
Return to court, for they have testified falsely against her.”

Then all the people returned in haste.
To Daniel the elders said,
“Come, sit with us and inform us,
since God has given you the prestige of old age.”
But he replied,
“Separate these two far from each other that I may examine them.”

After they were separated one from the other,
he called one of them and said:
“How you have grown evil with age!
Now have your past sins come to term:
passing unjust sentences, condemning the innocent,
and freeing the guilty, although the Lord says,
‘The innocent and the just you shall not put to death.’
Now, then, if you were a witness,
tell me under what tree you saw them together.”
“Under a mastic tree,” he answered.
Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you your head,
for the angel of God shall receive the sentence from him
and split you in two.”
Putting him to one side, he ordered the other one to be brought.
Daniel said to him,
“Offspring of Canaan, not of Judah, beauty has seduced you,
lust has subverted your conscience.
This is how you acted with the daughters of Israel,
and in their fear they yielded to you;
but a daughter of Judah did not tolerate your wickedness.
Now, then, tell me under what tree you surprised them together.”
“Under an oak,” he said.
Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head,
for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two
so as to make an end of you both.”

The whole assembly cried aloud,
blessing God who saves those who hope in him.
They rose up against the two elders,
for by their own words Daniel had convicted them of perjury.
According to the law of Moses,
they inflicted on them
the penalty they had plotted to impose on their neighbor:
they put them to death.
Thus was innocent blood spared that day.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 23            PS 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

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. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

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. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

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. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    Jn 8:1-11

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

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Today is Sunday March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent

A Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah        Jer 31:31-34

"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with
the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt,
my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.

But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:
I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,'
for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD;
for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember

The Word of the Lord.
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From Psalm 51        Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

 Have mercy on me, O God,
 according to thy steadfast love;
 according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
 and cleanse me from my sin!

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
 and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
 and take not thy holy Spirit from me.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
 and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
 and sinners will return to thee.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

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A Reading from Hebrews        Heb 5:7-9

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears,
to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.

Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;
and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to  John    Jn 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.

[21] So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa'ida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
[22] Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.
[23] And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.

[24] Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
[25] He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
[26] If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me,
the Father will honor him.

"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'?
No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.

[28] Father, glorify thy name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
[29] The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
[30] Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
[31] Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;

[32] and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
[33] He said this to show by what death he was to die.

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Today is Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 

Jer 11:18-20

Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12

Jn 7:40-53

 

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

Jer 11:18-20

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[18] The LORD made it known to me and I knew;

then thou didst show me their evil deeds.

[19] But I was like a gentle lamb

led to the slaughter.

I did not know it was against me

they devised schemes, saying,

"Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,

let us cut him off from the land of the living,

that his name be remembered no more."

[20] But, O LORD of hosts, who judgest righteously,

who triest the heart and the mind,

let me see thy vengeance upon them,

for to thee have I committed my cause.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

 

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From Psalm 7

Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12

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R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

 

[2] O LORD my God, in thee do I take refuge;

save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,

[3] lest like a lion they rend me,

dragging me away, with none to rescue.

 

R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

 

[9bc] Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness

and according to the integrity that is in me.

[10] O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,

but establish thou the righteous,

thou who triest the minds and hearts,

thou righteous God.

 

R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

 

[11] My shield is with God,

who saves the upright in heart.

[12] God is a righteous judge,

and a God who has indignation every day.

 

R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 7:40-53

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[40] When they heard these words, some of the people said, 

"This is really the prophet."

[41] Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, 

"Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 

[42] Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, 

and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" 

[43] So there was a division among the people over him. 

[44] Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. 

[45] The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, 

who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?"

[46] The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" 

[47] The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? 

[48] Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 

[49] But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed." 

[50] Nicode'mus, who had gone to him before, 

and who was one of them, said to them, 

[51] "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing 

and learning what he does?" 

[52] They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? 

Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee." 

[53] They went each to his own house.

 

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Today is Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 

Wis 2:1a, 12-22

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

 

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A reading from the Book of Wisdom

Wis 2:1a, 12-22

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[1a] For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,

 

[12] "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,

because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;

he reproaches us for sins against the law,

and accuses us of sins against our training.

[13] He professes to have knowledge of God,

and calls himself a child of the Lord.

[14] He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;

[15] the very sight of him is a burden to us,

because his manner of life is unlike that of others,

and his ways are strange.

[16] We are considered by him as something base,

and he avoids our ways as unclean;

he calls the last end of the righteous happy,

and boasts that God is his father.

[17] Let us see if his words are true,

and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;

[18] for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him,

and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.

[19] Let us test him with insult and torture,

that we may find out how gentle he is,

and make trial of his forbearance.

[20] Let us condemn him to a shameful death,

for, according to what he says, he will be protected."

[21] Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,

for their wickedness blinded them,

[22] and they did not know the secret purposes of God,

nor hope for the wages of holiness,

nor discern the prize for blameless souls;

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 34

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

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R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

 

[17] The face of the LORD is against evildoers,

to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

[18] When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,

and delivers them out of all their troubles.

 

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

 

[19] The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,

and saves the crushed in spirit.

[20] Many are the afflictions of the righteous;

but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

 

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

 

[21] He keeps all his bones;

not one of them is broken.

 

[23] The LORD redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

 

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

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[1] After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, 

because the Jews sought to kill him.

[2] Now the Jews' feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 

 

[10] But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, 

not publicly but in private.

 

[25] Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, 

"Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?

[26] And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! 

Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 

[27] Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, 

no one will know where he comes from." 

[28] So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, 

"You know me, and you know where I come from? 

But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, 

and him you do not know. 

[29] I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me." 

[30] So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, 

because his hour had not yet come. 

 

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Today is Thursday, March 19, 2015

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22

Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a

 

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A reading from the Second Book of Samuel

2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

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[4] But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,

[5a] "Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: 

 

[12] When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, 

I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, 

and I will establish his kingdom. 

[13] He shall build a house for my name, 

and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 

[14a] I will be his father, and he shall be my son.

 

[16] And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; 

your throne shall be established for ever.'" 

 

The Word of the Lord

 

 

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From Psalm 89

Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

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R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

 

[2] I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever;

with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.

[3] For thy steadfast love was established for ever,

thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.

 

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

 

[4] Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one,

I have sworn to David my servant:

[5] `I will establish your descendants for ever,

and build your throne for all generations.'" 

 

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

 

[27] He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father,

my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

 

[29] My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,

and my covenant will stand firm for him.

 

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[13] The promise to Abraham and his descendants, 

that they should inherit the world, 

did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

 

[16] That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may 

rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants -- not only to the 

adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, 

for he is the father of us all,

[17] as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" -- 

in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead 

and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 

[18] In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father 

of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be." 

 

[22] That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness." 

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a

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[16] and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, 

of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 

 

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. 

When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together 

she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;

[19] and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, 

resolved to divorce her quietly. 

[20] But as he considered this, behold, 

an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 

"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, 

for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 

[21] she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, 

for he will save his people from their sins." 

 

[24a] When Joseph woke from sleep, 

he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him

 

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Today is Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 

Is 49:8-15

Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18

Jn 5:17-30

 

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A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Is 49:8-15

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Thus says the Lord:

 

[8] Thus says the LORD:

"In a time of favor I have answered you,

in a day of salvation I have helped you;

I have kept you and given you

as a covenant to the people,

to establish the land,

to apportion the desolate heritages;

[9] saying to the prisoners, `Come forth,'

to those who are in darkness, `Appear.'

They shall feed along the ways,

on all bare heights shall be their pasture;

[10] they shall not hunger or thirst,

neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them,

for he who has pity on them will lead them,

and by springs of water will guide them.

[11] And I will make all my mountains a way,

and my highways shall be raised up.

[12] Lo, these shall come from afar,

and lo, these from the north and from the west,

and these from the land of Syene."

[13] Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;

break forth, O mountains, into singing!

For the LORD has comforted his people,

and will have compassion on his afflicted.

[14] But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me,

my Lord has forgotten me."

[15] "Can a woman forget her sucking child,

that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?

Even these may forget,

yet I will not forget you.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

 

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From Psalm 145

Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18

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R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.

 

[8] The LORD is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

[9] The LORD is good to all,

and his compassion is over all that he has made.

 

R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.

 

[13cd] The LORD is faithful in all his words,

and gracious in all his deeds.

[14] The LORD upholds all who are falling,

and raises up all who are bowed down.

 

R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.

 

[17] The LORD is just in all his ways,

and kind in all his doings.

[18] The LORD is near to all who call upon him,

to all who call upon him in truth.

 

R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 5:17-30

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[17] But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." 

[18] This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, 

because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, 

making himself equal with God. 

[19] Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 

the Son can do nothing of his own accord, 

but only what he sees the Father doing; 

for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.

[20] For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; 

and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. 

[21] For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, 

so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 

[22] The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 

[23] that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. 

He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 

[24] Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word 

believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, 

but has passed from death to life. 

[25] "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, 

when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, 

and those who hear will live.

[26] For as the Father has life in himself, 

so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, 

[27] and has given him authority to execute judgment, 

because he is the Son of man. 

[28] Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming 

when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 

[29] and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, 

and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. 

[30] "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; 

and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will 

but the will of him who sent me.

 

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Today is Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 

Ez 47:1-9, 12

Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

Jn 5:1-16

 

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A reading from the Book of Ezekiel

Ez 47:1-9, 12

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[1] Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, 

water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east 

(for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down 

from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.

[2] Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, 

and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, 

that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. 

[3] Going on eastward with a line in his hand, 

the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; 

and it was ankle-deep.

[4] Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; 

and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, 

and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins. 

[5] Again he measured a thousand, 

and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; 

it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 

[6] And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?"

Then he led me back along the bank of the river.

[7] As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees 

on the one side and on the other. 

[8] And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region 

and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant 

waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. 

[9] And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, 

and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, 

that the waters of the sea may become fresh; 

so everything will live where the river goes. 

 

[12] And on the banks, on both sides of the river, 

there will grow all kinds of trees for food. 

Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, 

but they will bear fresh fruit every month, 

because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. 

Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing." 

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 46

Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

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R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 

 

[2] God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

[3] Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,

though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

 

R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 

 

[5] There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

[6] God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;

God will help her right early.

 

R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 

 

[8] The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah]

[9] Come, behold the works of the LORD,

how he has wrought desolations in the earth.

 

R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 5:1-16

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

[2] Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, 

in Hebrew called Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes.

[3] In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. 

[5] One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 

[6] When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, 

he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 

[7] The sick man answered him, 

"Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, 

and while I am going another steps down before me." 

[8] Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." 

[9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath.

[10] So the Jews said to the man who was cured, 

"It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." 

[11] But he answered them, 

"The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.'" 

[12] They asked him, 

"Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, and walk'?" 

[13] Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, 

for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 

[14] Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, 

"See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." 

[15] The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 

[16] And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, 

because he did this on the sabbath. 

 

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Today is Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

 

Is 65:17-21

Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b

Jn 4:43-54

 

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A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Is 65:17-21

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Thus says the Lord:

 

[17] "For behold, I create new heavens

and a new earth;

and the former things shall not be remembered

or come into mind.

[18] But be glad and rejoice for ever

in that which I create;

for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing,

and her people a joy.

[19] I will rejoice in Jerusalem,

and be glad in my people;

no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping

and the cry of distress.

[20] No more shall there be in it

an infant that lives but a few days,

or an old man who does not fill out his days,

for the child shall die a hundred years old,

and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.

[21] They shall build houses and inhabit them;

they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 30

Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b

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R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

 

[2] I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up,

and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.

[4] O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol,

restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

 

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

 

[5] Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,

and give thanks to his holy name.

[6] For his anger is but for a moment,

and his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may tarry for the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

 

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

 

[10] Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!

O LORD, be thou my helper!"

[11a] Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;

[12b] O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.

 

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 4:43-54

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[43] After the two days he departed to Galilee.

[44] For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 

[45] So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, 

having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, 

for they too had gone to the feast. 

[46] So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. 

And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill.

[47] When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, 

he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, 

for he was at the point of death. 

[48] Jesus therefore said to him, 

"Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." 

[49] The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." 

[50] Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." 

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. 

[51] As he was going down, 

his servants met him and told him that his son was living. 

[52] So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, 

"Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." 

[53] The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, 

"Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household. 

[54] This was now the second sign that Jesus did 

when he had come from Judea to Galilee. 

 

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Today is Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23

Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

Eph 2:4-10

Jn 3:14-21

 

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A reading from the Second Book of Chronicles

2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23

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Thus says the Lord:

 

[14] All the leading priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, 

following all the abominations of the nations; 

and they polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 

[15] The LORD, the God of their fathers, 

sent persistently to them by his messengers, 

because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place;

[16] but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words, 

and scoffing at his prophets, 

till the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, till there was no remedy. 

 

[19] And they burned the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, 

and burned all its palaces with fire, 

and destroyed all its precious vessels. 

[20] He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, 

and they became servants to him and to his sons 

until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 

[21] to fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, 

until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. 

All the days that it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfil seventy years. 

[22] Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, 

that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, 

the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia 

so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom 

and also put it in writing:

[23] "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, `The LORD, the God of heaven, 

has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, 

and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 

Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. 

Let him go up.'"

 

The Word of the Lord

 

 

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From Psalm 137

Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

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R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

 

[1] By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

[2] On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

 

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

 

[3] For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

"Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

 

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

 

[4] How shall we sing the LORD's song

in a foreign land?

[5] If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand wither!

 

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

 

[6] Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

 

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

 

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A reading from Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Eph 2:4-10

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[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. 

 

Thus says the Lord

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jn 3:14-21

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[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, 

so must the Son of man be lifted up, 

[15] that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." 

[16] For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, 

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

[17] For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, 

but that the world might be saved through him. 

[18] He who believes in him is not condemned; 

he who does not believe is condemned already, 

because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 

[19] And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, 

and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

[20] For every one who does evil hates the light, 

and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 

[21] But he who does what is true comes to the light, 

that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. 

 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday of the Third Week in Lent
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Hos 6:1-6
Ps 51:3-4,18-19,20-21ab
Lk 18:9-14

Response:  It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Friday of the Third Week in Lent
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Hos 14:2-10
Ps 81:6c-8a,8bc-9,10-11ab,14&17
Mk 12:28-34

Response:  I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursday of the Third Week in Lent
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Jer 7:23-28
Ps 95:1-2,6-7,8-9
Lk 11:14-23

Response:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent
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Dt 4:1,5-9
Ps 147:12-13,15-16,19-20
Mt 5:17-19

Response:  Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Tuesday of the Third Week in Lent
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Dn 3:25,34-43
Ps 25:4-5ab,6&7bc,8&9
Mt 18:21-35

Response:  Remember your mercies, O Lord.

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Monday, March 9, 2015
Monday of the Third Week in Lent
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2Kgs 5:1-15b
Ps 42:2,3;43:3,4
Lk 4:24-30

Response:  Athirst is my soul for the living God.  When shall I go and behold the face of God?

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent
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Ex 20:1-17
Ps 19:8,9,10,11
1Cor 1:22-25
Jn 2:13-25

Response:  Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

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