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Today is Saturday January 30, 2016
Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

A Reading from Second Samuel 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17

And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him,
"There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.

[2] The rich man had very many flocks and herds;
[3] but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought.
And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his morsel,

and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him.
[4] Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one
of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took
the poor man's lamb, and prepared it for the man who had come to him."

[5] Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan,
"As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;
[6] and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."
[7]
Nathan said to David, "You are the man.
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me,
and have taken the wife of Uri'ah the Hittite to be your wife.'
[11] Thus says the LORD, `Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house;
and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor,
and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

[12] For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'"
[13] David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David,
"The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
[14] Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child that is born to you shall die."
[15] Then Nathan went to his house.

And the LORD struck the child that Uri'ah's wife bore to David, and it became sick.
[16] David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in
and lay all night upon the ground.
[17] And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground;
but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 51 PS 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

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

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

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

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you.

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

Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
then my tongue shall revel in your justice.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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

=================

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark Mk 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."

[36] And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
[37] And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat,
so that the boat was already filling.

[38] But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"

[39] And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!"
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
[40] He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"
[41] And they were filled with awe, and said to one another,
"Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"

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Today is Friday January 29, 2016
Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

A Reading from Second Samuel 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go forth to battle,
David sent Jo'ab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they ravaged the Ammonites,
and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

[2]
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and
was walking upon the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing;
and the woman was very beautiful.

[3] And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is not this Bathshe'ba,
the daughter of Eli'am, the wife of Uri'ah the Hittite?"
[4] So David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her.

And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am with child."
[6]
So David sent word to Jo'ab, "Send me Uri'ah the Hittite." And Jo'ab sent Uri'ah to David.

[7] When Uri'ah came to him, David asked how Jo'ab was doing, and how the people fared, a
nd how the war prospered.
[8] Then David said to Uri'ah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet."

And Uri'ah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king.
[9] But Uri'ah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord,
and did not go down to his house.

[10] When they told David, "Uri'ah did not go down to his house," David said to Uri'ah,
"Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?"

And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk;
and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
[14]
In the morning David wrote a letter to Jo'ab, and sent it by the hand of Uri'ah.

[15] In the letter he wrote, "Set Uri'ah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then
draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die."
[16] And as Jo'ab was besieging the city, he assigned Uri'ah to the place
where he knew there were valiant men.

[17] And the men of the city came out and fought with Jo'ab;
and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uri'ah the Hittite was slain also.

The Word of the Lord.

=================

From Psalm 51 PS 51:3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-7, 10-11

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

I have done such evil in your sight
that you are just in your sentence,
blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty,
a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
the bones you have crushed shall rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my guilt.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

=================

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark Mk 4:26-34

And Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,

[27] and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
[28] The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
[29] But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
[30]
And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable shall we use for it?

[31] It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
[32] yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs,
and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
[33]
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;

[34] he did not speak to them without a parable,
but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

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Today is Thursday January 28, 2016
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

A Reading from Second Samuel 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and said,
"Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far?
[19] And yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord GOD;
thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come,
and hast shown me future generations, O Lord GOD!


And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever;
and thou, O LORD, didst become their God.
[25] And now, O LORD God, confirm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning
thy servant and concerning his house, and do as thou hast spoken;
[26] and thy name will be magnified for ever, saying, `The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,
' and the house of thy servant David will be established before thee.

[27] For thou, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying,
`I will build you a house'; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee.
[28] And now, O Lord GOD, thou art God, and thy words are true,
and thou hast promised this good thing to thy servant;

[29] now therefore may it please thee to bless the house of thy servant,
that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever."

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 132 PS 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14


R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

LORD, remember David
and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“I will not enter the house where I live,
nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

The LORD swore an oath to David
a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
I will set upon your throne.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“If your sons keep my covenant,
and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
shall sit upon your throne.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he prefers her for his dwelling:
“Zion is my resting place forever;
in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

====================

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark Mk 4:21-25

And Jesus said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel,
or under a bed, and not on a stand?

[22] For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret,
except to come to light.
[23] If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."
[24] And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear;

the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.
[25] For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away."

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Today is Wednesday January 27, 2016
Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

A Reading from Second Samuel 2 Sm 7:4-17

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

[5] "Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?
[6] I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel
from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling.
[7] In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel,

did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying,
"Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"'
[8] Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, `Thus says the LORD of hosts,
I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel;

[9] and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from
before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.
[10] And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell
in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

[11] from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from
all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.
[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.
[14] I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with
the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men;

[15] but I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.
[16] And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;
your throne shall be established for ever.'"
[17] In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 89 PS 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30

R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will make your dynasty stand forever
and establish your throne through all ages.”

R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“He shall cry to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock that brings me victory!’
I myself make him firstborn,
Most High over the kings of the earth.”

R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“Forever I will maintain my love for him;
my covenant with him stands firm.
I will establish his dynasty forever,
his throne as the days of the heavens.”

R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

===================

A Reading from the Holy Gosepl according to Mark Mk 4:1-20

Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him,
so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.

[2] And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
[3] "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
[4] And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
[5] Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately
it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;

[6] and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
[7] Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
[8] And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and
increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
[9] And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
[10]
And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.

[11] And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God,
but for those outside everything is in parables;
[12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand;
lest they should turn again, and be forgiven."
[13] And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
[14] The sower sows the word.

[15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear,
Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
[16] And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they
hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;

[17] and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or
persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
[18] And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
[19] but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things,

enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
[20] But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."

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Today is Tuesday January 26, 2016
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

A Reading from Second Timothy 2 Tm 1:1-8

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise
of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
[2]
To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

[3]
I thank God whom I serve with a clear conscience, as did my fathers,
when I remember you constantly in my prayers.

[4] As I remember your tears, I long night and day to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
[5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother
Lo'is and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you.
[6] Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you
through the laying on of my hands;
[7] for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
[8]
Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner,
but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,

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From Psalm 96 PS 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

===================

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark Mk 3:31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house;
and standing outside they sent to him and called him.

[32] And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him,
"Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you."
[33] And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"

[34] And looking around on those who sat about him, he said,
"Here are my mother and my brothers!
[35] Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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Today is Monday January 25, 2016
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

A Reading From The Acts of the Apostles Acts 22:3-16

Paul addressed the people in these words:

"I am a Jew, born at Tarsus in Cili'cia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gama'li-el,
educated according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God
as you all are this day.

[4] I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,
[5] as the high priest and the whole council of elders bear me witness.
From them I received letters to the brethren, and I journeyed to Damascus to take
those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.
[6]
"As I made my journey and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from
heaven suddenly shone about me.

[7] And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
[8] And I answered, `Who are you, Lord?' And he said to me,
`I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.'
[9] Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.
[10] And I said, `What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me,

`Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.'
[11] And when I could not see because of the brightness of that light,
I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.
[12]
"And one Anani'as, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,

[13] came to me, and standing by me said to me, `Brother Saul, receive your sight.'
And in that very hour I received my sight and saw him.
[14] And he said, `The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the
Just One and to hear a voice from his mouth;
[15] for you will be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard.
[16] And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.'

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 117 PS 117:1bc, 2

R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

================

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark Mk 16:15-18

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
[16] He who believes and is baptized will be saved;
but he who does not believe will be condemned.
[17] And these signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

[18] they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing,
it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

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Today is Sunday January 24, 2016
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Reading from the Prophet Nehemaih Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10

And Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all
who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
[3] And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday,
in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand;
and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
[4] And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden pulpit which they had made for the purpose

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people;
and when he opened it all the people stood.
[6] And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God; and all the people answered,
"Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads and
worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

And they read from the book, from the law of God, clearly; and they gave the sense,
so that the people understood the reading.
[9]
And Nehemi'ah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe,
and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people,
"This day is holy to the LORD your God;
do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 19 Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

=================

A Reading First Corinthians 1 Cor 12:12-30

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body,
though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

[13] For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks,
slaves or free -- and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
[14]
For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

[15] If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,
" that would not make it any less a part of the body.
[16] And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,
" that would not make it any less a part of the body.
[17] If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body
were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?

[18] But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
[19] If all were a single organ, where would the body be?
[20] As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
[21] The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet,
"I have no need of you."

[22] On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable,
[23] and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest
with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,

[24] which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body,
giving the greater honor to the inferior part,
[25] that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same
care for one another.
[26] If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
[27]
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

[28] And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets,
third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators,
speakers in various kinds of tongues.
[29] Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
[30] Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

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A Reading From The Holy Gospel According To Luke Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

[1] Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things
which have been accomplished among us,
[2] just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were
eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
[3] it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past,
to write an orderly account for you, most excellent The-oph'ilus,
[4] that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report
concerning him went out through all the surrounding country.

[15] And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
[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."

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
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2Sm 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27
Ps 80:2-3,5-7
Mk 3:20-21

Response: Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
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1Sm 24:3-21
Ps 57:2,3-4,6+11
Mk 3:13-19

Response: Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
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1Sm 18:6-9;19:1-7
Ps 56:2-3,9-10a,10b-11,12-13
Mk 3:7-12

Response: In God I trust; I shall not fear.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 17:32-33,37,40-51
Ps 144:1b,2,9-10
Mk 3:1-6

Response: Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time
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1Sm 16:1-13
Ps 89:20,21-22,27-28
Mk 2:23-28

Response: I have found David, my servant.

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 15:16-23
Ps 50:8-9,16bc-17,21+23
Mk 2:18-22

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

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Is 62:1-5
Ps 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10
1Cor 12:4-11
Jn 2:1-11

Response: Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 9:1-4,17-19;10:1
Ps 21:2-3,4-5,6-7
Mk 2:13-17

Response: Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

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Friday, January 15, 2016
Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 8:4-7,10-22a
Ps 89:16-17,18-19
Mk 2:1-12

Response: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time
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1Sm 4:1-11
Ps 44:10-11,14-15,24-25
Mk 1:40-45

Response: Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 3:1-10,19-20
Ps 40:2&5,7-8a,8b-9,10
Mk 1:29-39

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

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time
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1Sm 1:9-20
Responsorial: 1Sm 2:1,4-5,6-7,8abcd
Mk 1:21-28

Response: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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1Sm 1:1-8
Ps 116:12-13,14-17,18-19
Mk 1:14-20

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

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Baptism of the Lord
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Is 42:1-4,6-7
Ps 29:1-2,3-4,9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Lk 3:15-16,21-22

Response: The Lord will bless his people with peace.

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Today is Thursday January 7th, 2016 - Thursday after Epiphany

1 John 4: 19 — 5:4
A reading from the 1st Letter of John

19 We love, because he first loved us. 20 If any one says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also. 5:1 Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God, and every one who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.
The word of the Lord

Psalms 72: 2, 14 – 15, 17
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!

2 May he judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. 15 Long may he live, may gold of Sheba be given to him!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day! 17 May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May men bless themselves by him, all nations call him blessed!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Luke 4: 14 – 22
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 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?”
The Gospel of the Lord
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Today is Tuesday January 5th, 2016 - Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop
1 John 4: 7 – 10
A reading from the 1st letter according to John
7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.
The Word of the Lord
Psalms 72: 1 – 4, 7 – 8
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
1 Give the king thy justice, O God, and thy righteousness to the royal son! 2 May he judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
7 In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
R: May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
Mark 6: 34 – 44
A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Mark
34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late; 36 send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
The Gospel of the Lord
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Today is Monday January 4th , 2016 - Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

1 John 3: 22 — 4:6
A reading from the 1st letter of John

22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us. 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
The Word of the Lord

Psalms 2: 7 – 8, 10 – 12
From Psalm 2

R: I will make the nations your heritage
7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son, today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
R: I will make the nations your heritage
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling 12 kiss his feet, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
R: I will make the nations your heritage

Matthew 4: 12 – 17, 23 – 25

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; 13 and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Caper’na-um by the sea, in the territory of Zeb’ulun and Naph’tali, 14 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zeb’ulun and the land of Naph’tali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 23 And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decap’olis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.
The Gospel of the Lord
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Saturday, December 26th, 2015
Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr

Acts 6:8-10;7:54-59
Ps 31:3cd-4,6&8ab,16bc&17
Mt 10:17-22

Response: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

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Friday, December 25th, 2015
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Mass during the day

Is 52:7-10
Ps 98:1,2-3,3-4,5-6
Heb 1:1-6
Jn 1:1-18

Response: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Mass at Night (Midnight)

Is 9:1-6
Ps 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13
Ti 2:11-14
Lk 2:1-14

Response: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

2Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Ps 89:2-3,4-5,27&29
Lk 1:67-79

Response: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Mal 3:1-4,23-24
Ps 25:4-5ab,8-9,10&14
Lk 1:57-66

Response: Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand

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