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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 56   ps 56:10c-12, 13-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Today is Wednesday September 17, 2014
Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

A Reading from First Corinthians 1 cor 12:31-13:13

earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

[2] And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
[3] If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
[4]
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;

[5] it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
[6] it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
[7] Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
[8]
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will pass away.

[9] For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
[10] but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
[11] When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;

when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
[12] For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part;
 
then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
[13] So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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From Psalm 33

R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Praise the LORD with the lyre,
 make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
[3] Sing to him a new song,
 play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

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

R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
 the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Let thy steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
 even as we hope in thee.
 
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke lk 7:31-35

"To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?

[32] They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, `We piped to you, and you did not dance;
 we wailed, and you did not weep.'
[33] For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, `He has a demon.'

[34] The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say,
`Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
[35] Yet wisdom is justified by all her children."

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Today is Sunday September 14, 2014
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

A reading from Numbers Nm 21:4b-9

With their patience worn out by the journey, 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.

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From Psalm 78  ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38

R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

I will open my mouth in a parable;
 I will utter dark sayings from of old,
[3] things that we have heard and known,
 that our fathers have told us.

R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

When he slew them, they sought for him;
 they repented and sought God earnestly.
[35] They remembered that God was their rock,
 the Most High God their redeemer.

R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

But they flattered him with their mouths;
 they lied to him with their tongues.
[37] Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
 they were not true to his covenant.

R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Yet he, being compassionate,
 forgave their iniquity,
 and did not destroy them;
 he restrained his anger often,
 and did not stir up all his wrath.

R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!

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A Reading from Phillipians  phil 2:6-11

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
[7] but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
[8] And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

[9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

[11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Word of the Lord.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John jn 3:13-17

No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man.
[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.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Today is Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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1Cor 10:14-22
Ps 116:12-13,17-18
Lk 6:43-49

Response:  To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

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Today is Friday, September 12th, 2014
Friday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time
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1Cor 9:16-19,22b-27
Ps 84:3,4,5-6,12
Lk 6:39-42

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

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Today is Thursday, September 11 2014
Thursday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
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1Cor 8:1b-7,11-13
Ps 139:1b-3,13-14ab,23-24
Lk 6:27-38

Response:  Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

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Today is Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Wednesday of the 23rd week in ordinary time
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1Cor 7:25-31
Ps 45:11-12,14-15,16-17
Lk 6:20-26

Response:  Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

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Today is Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Peter Claver, priest
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1Cor 6:1-11
Ps 149:1b-2,3-4,5-6a&9b
Lk 6:12-19

Response:  The Lord takes delight in his people.

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Today is Monday, September 8th, 2014
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Mi 5:1-4a
Ps 13:6ab,6c
Mt 1:1-16,18-23

Response:  With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

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Today is Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Ez 33:7-9
Ps 95:1-2,6-7,8-9(8)
Rom 13:8-10
Mt 18:15-20

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

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Today is Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Cor 4:6b-15

Ps 145:17-18, 19-20, 21

Lk 6:1-5

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 4:6b-15

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[6b] I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your benefit, 

brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, 

that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

[7] For who sees anything different in you? 

What have you that you did not receive? 

If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift? 

[8] Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! 

Without us you have become kings! 

And would that you did reign, 

so that we might share the rule with you!

[9] For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, 

like men sentenced to death; 

because we have become a spectacle to the world, 

to angels and to men. 

[10] We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. 

We are weak, but you are strong. 

You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 

[11] To the present hour we hunger and thirst, 

we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, 

[12] and we labor, working with our own hands. 

When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 

[13] when slandered, we try to conciliate; 

we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, 

the offscouring of all things. 

[14] I do not write this to make you ashamed, 

but to admonish you as my beloved children.

[15] For though you have countless guides in Christ, 

you do not have many fathers. 

For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 145

Ps 145:17-18, 19-20, 21

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R. (18) The Lord is near to all who call upon him

 

[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. (18) The Lord is near to all who call upon him

 

[19] He fulfils the desire of all who fear him,

he also hears their cry, and saves them.

[20] The LORD preserves all who love him;

but all the wicked he will destroy.

 

R. (18) The Lord is near to all who call upon him

 

[21] My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,

and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

 

R. (18) The Lord is near to all who call upon him

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 6:1-5

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[1] On a sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, 

his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, 

rubbing them in their hands.

[2] But some of the Pharisees said, 

"Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?" 

[3] And Jesus answered, 

"Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, 

he and those who were with him: 

[4] how he entered the house of God, 

and took and ate the bread of the Presence, 

which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, 

and also gave it to those with him?" 

[5] And he said to them, "The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

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Today is Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Cor 4:1-5

Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40

Lk 5:33-39

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 4:1-5

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[1] This is how one should regard us, 

as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

[2] Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 

[3] But with me it is a very small thing 

that I should be judged by you or by any human court. 

I do not even judge myself. 

[4] I am not aware of anything against myself, 

but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 

[5] Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, 

before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things 

now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. 

Then every man will receive his commendation from God. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 37

Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40

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R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

 

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good;

so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.

[4] Take delight in the LORD,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

 

[5] Commit your way to the LORD;

trust in him, and he will act.

[6] He will bring forth your vindication as the light,

and your right as the noonday.

 

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

 

[27] Depart from evil, and do good;

so shall you abide for ever.

[28] For the LORD loves justice;

he will not forsake his saints.

The righteous shall be preserved for ever,

but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

 

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

 

[39] The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;

he is their refuge in the time of trouble.

[40] The LORD helps them and delivers them;

he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them,

because they take refuge in him.

 

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 5:33-39

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[33] And they said to him, 

"The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, 

and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink."

[34] And Jesus said to them, 

"Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 

[35] The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, 

and then they will fast in those days." 

[36] He told them a parable also: 

"No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment;

if he does, he will tear the new, 

and the piece from the new will not match the old. 

[37] And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; 

if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, 

and the skins will be destroyed. 

[38] But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 

[39] And no one after drinking old wine desires new; 

for he says, `The old is good.'" 

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

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Today is Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Cor 3:18-23

Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

Lk 5:1-11

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 3:18-23

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[18] Let no one deceive himself. 

If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, 

let him become a fool that he may become wise.

[19] For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. 

For it is written, "He catches the wise in their craftiness," 

[20] and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." 

[21] So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, 

[22] whether Paul or Apol'los or Cephas or the world 

or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; 

[23] and you are Christ's; and Christ is God's. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 24

Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

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R. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it

 

[1bc] The earth is the LORD's and the fulness thereof,

the world and those who dwell therein;

[2] for he has founded it upon the seas,

and established it upon the rivers.

 

R. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it

 

[3] Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

[4ab] He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not lift up his soul to what is false,

 

R. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it

 

[5] He will receive blessing from the LORD,

and vindication from the God of his salvation.

[6] Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]

 

R. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 5:1-11

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[1] While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, 

he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret.

[2] And he saw two boats by the lake; 

but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 

[3] Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, 

he asked him to put out a little from the land. 

And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 

[4] And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, 

"Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 

[5] And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! 

But at your word I will let down the nets." 

[6] And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; 

and as their nets were breaking, 

[7] they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.

And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 

[8] But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying,

"Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 

[9] For he was astonished, and all that were with him, 

at the catch of fish which they had taken; 

[10] and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, 

who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, 

"Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." 

[11] And when they had brought their boats to land, 

they left everything and followed him. 

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

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Today is Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

 

1 Cor 3:1-9

Ps 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21

Lk 4:38-44

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 3:1-9

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[1] But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, 

but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.

[2] I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; 

and even yet you are not ready, 

[3] for you are still of the flesh. 

For while there is jealousy and strife among you, 

are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? 

[4] For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, 

"I belong to Apol'los," are you not merely men? 

[5] What then is Apol'los? What is Paul? 

Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.

[6] I planted, Apol'los watered, but God gave the growth. 

[7] So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, 

but only God who gives the growth. 

[8] He who plants and he who waters are equal, 

and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. 

[9] For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 33

Ps 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21

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R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own

 

[12] Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,

the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

[13] The LORD looks down from heaven,

he sees all the sons of men;

 

R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own

 

[14] from where he sits enthroned he looks forth

on all the inhabitants of the earth,

[15] he who fashions the hearts of them all,

and observes all their deeds.

 

R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own

 

[20] Our soul waits for the LORD;

he is our help and shield.

[21] Yea, our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

 

R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 4:38-44

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[38] And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's house. 

Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, 

and they besought him for her.

[39] And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; 

and immediately she rose and served them. 

[40] Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick 

with various diseases brought them to him; 

and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.

[41] And demons also came out of many, crying, "You are the Son of God!" 

But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, 

because they knew that he was the Christ. 

[42] And when it was day he departed and went into a lonely place. 

And the people sought him and came to him, 

and would have kept him from leaving them;

[43] but he said to them, "I must preach the good news 

of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; 

for I was sent for this purpose." 

[44] And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

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Today is Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Cor 2:10b-16

Ps 145: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14

Lk 4:31-37

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 2:10b-16

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[10b] For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 

[11] For what person knows a man's thoughts except the 

spirit of the man which is in him? 

So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God 

except the Spirit of God. 

[12] Now we have received not the spirit of the world, 

but the Spirit which is from God, 

that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 

[13] And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom 

but taught by the Spirit, 

interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. 

[14] The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, 

for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them 

because they are spiritually discerned.

[15] The spiritual man judges all things, 

but is himself to be judged by no one. 

[16] "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" 

But we have the mind of Christ. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 145

Ps 145: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14

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R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways

 

[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. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways

 

[10] All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,

and all thy saints shall bless thee!

[11] They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,

and tell of thy power,

 

R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways

 

[12] to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,

and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.

[13ab] Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

 

R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways

 

[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. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 4:31-37

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[31] And he went down to Caper'na-um, a city of Galilee. 

And he was teaching them on the sabbath;

[32] and they were astonished at his teaching, 

for his word was with authority. 

[33] And in the synagogue there was a man 

who had the spirit of an unclean demon; 

and he cried out with a loud voice, 

[34] "Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? 

Have you come to destroy us? 

I know who you are, the Holy One of God." 

[35] But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" 

And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, 

he came out of him, having done him no harm. 

[36] And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? 

For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, 

and they come out." 

[37] And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

 

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Today is Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Cor 2:1-5

Ps 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102

Lk 4:16-30

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor 2:1-5

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[1] When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you 

the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.

[2] For I decided to know nothing among you except 

Jesus Christ and him crucified. 

[3] And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; 

[4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, 

but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 

[5] that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men 

but in the power of God. 

 

    The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 119

Ps 119: 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102

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 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[97] Oh, how I love thy law!

It is my meditation all the day.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[98] Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,

for it is ever with me.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[99] I have more understanding than all my teachers,

for thy testimonies are my meditation.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[100] I understand more than the aged,

for I keep thy precepts.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[101] I hold back my feet from every evil way,

in order to keep thy word.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

[102] I do not turn aside from thy ordinances,

for thou hast taught me.

 

 R. (97) Lord, I love your commands.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Lk 4:16-30

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[16] And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; 

and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. 

And he stood up to read;

[17] and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. 

He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 

[18] "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

[19] to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

[20] And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, 

and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 

[21] And he began to say to them, 

"Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 

[22] And all spoke well of him, 

and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; 

and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" 

[23] And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb,

`Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper'na-um, 

do here also in your own country.'" 

[24] And he said, "Truly, I say to you, 

no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 

[25] But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel 

in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years 

and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 

[26] and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath,

in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 

[27] And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of 

the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, 

but only Na'aman the Syrian." 

[28] When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 

[29] And they rose up and put him out of the city, 

and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, 

that they might throw him down headlong. 

[30] But passing through the midst of them he went away. 

 

    The Gospel of the Lord

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Today is Sunday, August 31, 2014

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Jer 20:7-9

Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

Rom 12:1-2

Mt 16:21-27

 

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A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

Jer 20:7-9

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[7] O LORD, thou hast deceived me,

and I was deceived;

thou art stronger than I,

and thou hast prevailed.

I have become a laughingstock all the day;

every one mocks me.

[8] For whenever I speak, I cry out,

I shout, "Violence and destruction!"

For the word of the LORD has become for me

a reproach and derision all day long.

[9] If I say, "I will not mention him,

or speak any more in his name,"

there is in my heart as it were a burning fire

shut up in my bones,

and I am weary with holding it in,

and I cannot.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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From Psalm 63

Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

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R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

 

[2] O God, thou art my God, I seek thee,

my soul thirsts for thee;

my flesh faints for thee,

as in a dry and weary land where no water is.

 

R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

 

[3] So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,

beholding thy power and glory.

[4] Because thy steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise thee.

 

R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

 

[5] So I will bless thee as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.

[6] My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat,

and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips

 

R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

 

[8] for thou hast been my help,

and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy.

[9] My soul clings to thee;

thy right hand upholds me.

 

R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

 

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A reading from Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Rom 12:1-2

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Brothers and Sisters:

 

[1] I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 

to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, 

holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

[2] Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by 

the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

 

The Word of the Lord

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Mt 16:21-27

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[21] From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must 

go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and 

chief priests and scribes, and be killed, 

and on the third day be raised.

[22] And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, 

"God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you." 

[23] But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! 

You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, 

but of men." 

[24] Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, 

let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

[25] For whoever would save his life will lose it, 

and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

[26] For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world 

and forfeits his life? 

Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 

[27] For the Son of man is to come with his angels 

in the glory of his Father, 

and then he will repay every man for what he has done. 

 

The Gospel of the Lord

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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1Cor 1:26-31
Ps 33:12-13,18-19,20-21
Mt 25:14-30

Response:  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014
Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
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1Cor 1:17-25
Ps 33:1-2,4-5,10-11
Mk 6:17-29

Response:  The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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1Cor 1:1-9
Ps 145:2-3,4-5,6-7
Mt 24:42-51

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

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Monica
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2Thes 3:6-10,16-18
Ps 128:1-2,4-5
Mt 23:27-32

Response:  Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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2Thes 2:1-3a,14-17
Ps 96:10,11-12,13
Mt 23:23-26

Response:  The Lord comes to judge the earth.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014
Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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2Thes 1:1-5,11-12
Ps 96:1-2a,2b-3,4-5

Mt 23:13-22

Response:  Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Is 22:19-23
Ps 138:1-2,2-3,6&8bc(RSV)
Rom 11:33-36
Mt 16:13-20

Response:  Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Ez 43:1-7ab
Ps 85:(RSV)8-9,10-11,12-13
Mt 23:1-12

Response:  The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Ez 37:1-14
Ps 107:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9
Mt 22:34-40

Response:  Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
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Ez 36:23-28
Ps 51:(RSV)10-11,12-13,16-17
Mt 22:1-14

Response:  I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
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Ez 34:1-11
Ps 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6
Mt 20:1-16

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

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Ez 28:1-10
Dt 32:26-27ab,27cd-28,30,35cd-36ab
Mt 19:23-30

Response:  It is I who deal death and give life.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014
Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
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Ez 24:15-23
Dt 32:18-19,20,21
Mt 19:16-22

Response:  You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Is 56:1,6-7
Ps 67:2-3,5,6&8
Rom 11:13-15,29-32
Mt 15:21-28

Response:  O God, let all the nations praise you!

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ez 18:1-10,13b,30-32
Ps 51:12-13,14-15,18-19
(RSV Ps 51:10-11,12-13,16-17)
Mt 19:13-15

Response:  Create a clean heart in me, O God.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rv 11:19a,12:1-6a,10ab
Ps 45:10,11,12,16
(RSV Ps 45:9,10,11,15)
1Cor 15:20-27
Lk 1:39-56

Response:  The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Ez 12:1-12
Ps 78:56-57,58-59,61-62
Mt 18:21-19:1

Response:  Do not forget the works of the Lord!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ez 9:1-7;10:18-22
Ps 113:1-2,3-4,5-6
Mt 18:15-20

Response:  The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ez 2:8-3:4
Ps 119:14,24,72,103,111,131
Mt 18:1-5,10,12-14

Response:  How sweet to my taste is your promise!

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin

Ez 1:2-5,24-28c
Ps 148:1-2,11-12,13,14
Mt 17:22-27

Response:  Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kgs 19:9a,11-13a
Ps 85:9,10,11-12,13-14
Rom 9:1-5
Mt 14:22-33

Response:  Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

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Today is Saturday August 9, 2014. Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
 A reading from the book of the prophet Habakkuk

Habakkuk 1: 12 — 2:4
12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them as a judgment; and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement. 13 Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? 14 For thou makest men like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. 15 He brings all of them up with a hook, he drags them out with his net, he gathers them in his seine; so he rejoices and exults. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his seine; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich. 17 Is he then to keep on emptying his net, and mercilessly slaying nations for ever? 2:1 I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. 4 Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
The word of the Lord.
 

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Psalms 9: 8 – 13
From Psalm 9

R: For thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee

8 He judges the world with righteousness, he judges the peoples with equity.

R: For thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee
9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.
R: For thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13 Be gracious to me, O LORD! Behold what I suffer from those who hate me, O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,
R: For thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee
 
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Matthew 17: 14 – 20
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

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Today is Friday August 8th, 2014. Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest
NA 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
A Reading from the prophet Nahum
[1] The shatterer has come up against you. Man the ramparts; watch the road; gird your loins; collect all your strength.
[3] The shield of his mighty men is red, his soldiers are clothed in scarlet. The chariots flash like flame when mustered in array; the chargers prance.
[1] Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and booty -- no end to the plunder! [2] The crack of whip, and rumble of wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot! [3] Horsemen charging, flashing sword and glittering spear, hosts of slain, heaps of corpses, dead bodies without end -- they stumble over the bodies!
[6] I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt, and make you a gazingstock.
[7] And all who look on you will shrink from you and say, Wasted is Nin'eveh; who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for her?
The word of the Lord
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From Deuteronomy Chapter 32
R: I kill and I make alive;

 [35] For the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.
[36] For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants,
R: I kill and I make alive;

 [39] "`See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me;
I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal;
R: I kill and I make alive;
 [41] if I whet my glittering sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries, and will requite those who hate me.
R: I kill and I make alive;
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Matthew 16: 24 – 28
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 27 For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

The Gospel of the Lord
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Today is Thursday  August 7th, 2014. Thursday in the 18th week of ordinary time.

Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34

A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

31 “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, 32 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. 33 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. 34 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 their sin no more.”
The word of the Lord
 
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Psalms 51: 12 – 15, 18 – 19
From Psalm 51

R: Restore to me the joy of thy salvation

12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.

R: Restore to me the joy of thy salvation

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

R: Restore to me the joy of thy salvation

18 Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 19 then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on thy altar.

R: Restore to me the joy of thy salvation
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Matthew 16: 13 – 23

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Today is Wednesday August 6th, 2014 -  Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Daniel 7: 9 – 10, 13 – 14

A reading from the of the prophet Daniel
9 As I watched, Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. 10 A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened. 13 As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, 14 He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed
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Psalms 97: 1 – 2, 5 – 6, 9

From Psalm 97

R: The LORD reigns, most high over all the earth
1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
R: The LORD reigns, most high over all the earth
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
R: The LORD reigns, most high over all the earth
9 For thou, O LORD, art most high over all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods.
R: The LORD reigns, most high over all the earth

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2 Peter 1: 16 – 19

A reading from the 2nd letter of St. Peter

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
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Matthew 17: 1 – 9

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Eli’jah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah.” 5 He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. 9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”

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Today is Tuesday August 5th, 2014. Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 30: 1 – 2, 12 – 15, 18 – 22
A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. 12 “For thus says the LORD: Your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous. 13 There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you. 14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant. 15 Why do you cry out over your hurt? Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you. 18 “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be. 19 Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who make merry. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small. 20 Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all who oppress them. 21 Their prince shall be one of themselves, their ruler shall come forth from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? says the LORD. 22 And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
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Psalms 102: 16 – 21, 29, 22 – 23
From Psalm 102
R: The LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his 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: The LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory
 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: The LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory
 21 that men may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise, 22 when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD. 23 He has broken my strength in mid-course; he has shortened my days.
R: The LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory

 
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Matthew 14: 22 – 36
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; 30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick, 36 and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

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Today is Monday August 4th, 2014,  Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest
Jeremiah 28:1-17
A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah
1 That same year, in (the beginning of) the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah, son of Azzur, from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people: 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two years I will restore to this place all the vessels of the temple of the LORD which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took away from this place to Babylon. 4 And I will bring back to this place Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles of Judah who went to Babylon,’ says the LORD. ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’” 5 The prophet Jeremiah answered the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people assembled in the house of the LORD, 6 and said: Amen! thus may the LORD do! May he fulfill the things you have prophesied by bringing the vessels of the house of the LORD and all the exiles back from Babylon to this place! 7 But now, listen to what I am about to state in your hearing and the hearing of all the people. 8 From of old, the prophets who were before you and me prophesied war, woe, and pestilence against many lands and mighty kingdoms. 9 But the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as truly sent by the LORD only when his prophetic prediction is fulfilled. 10 Thereupon the prophet Hananiah took the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, broke it, 11 and said in the presence of all the people: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Even so, within two years I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, from off the neck of all the nations.’” At that, the prophet Jeremiah went away. 12 Some time after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13 Go tell Hananiah this: Thus says the LORD: By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! 14 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: A yoke of iron I will place on the necks of all these nations serving Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and they shall serve him; even the beasts of the field I give him. 15 To the prophet Hananiah the prophet Jeremiah said: Hear this, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, and you have raised false confidence in this people. 16 For this, says the LORD, I will dispatch you from the face of the earth; this very year you shall die, because you have preached rebellion against the LORD. 17 That same year, in the seventh month, Hananiah the prophet died.
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Psalms 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102
From Psalm 119
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
119:29 Lead me from the way of deceit; favor me with your teaching.
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
43 Do not take the word of truth from my mouth, for in your edicts is my hope.
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, those who acknowledge your decrees.
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
80 May I be wholehearted toward your laws, that I may not be put to shame.
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I pay heed to your decrees. 102
R: Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
 From your edicts I do not turn, for you have taught them to me.
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Matthew 14: 22-36
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; 30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick, 36 and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.
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Today is Sunday August 3, 2014. The 18th Sunday in ordinary time

Isaiah 55: 1 – 3

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

1 “To, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your

money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness. 3 Incline your ear,

and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
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Psalm 145: 8-9, 17-18
From Psalm 145:
R: Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

 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: Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
 15 The eyes of all look to thee, and thou givest them their food in due season. 16 Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
R: Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
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: Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

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Romans 8: 35, 37 – 39

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

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than

conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor

depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Matthew 14: 13 – 21
A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew:

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 As he went ashore

he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now

over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We

have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish

he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took

up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
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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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