Saturday March 7, 2015
Saturday of the second week of Lent

Mi 7:14-15,18-20
Ps 103:1-2,3-4,9-10,11-12
Lk 15:1-3,11-32

Response:  The Lord is kind and merciful.

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Friday March 6, 2015
Friday of the second week of Lent

Gn 37:3-4,12-13a,17b-28a
Ps 105:16-17,18-19,20-21
Mt 21:33-43,45-46

Response:  Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

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Thursday March 5, 2015
Thursday of the second week of Lent

Jer 17:5-10
Ps 1:1-2,3,4&6
Lk 16:19-31

Response:  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

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Wednesday March 4, 2015
Wedneday of the second week of Lent

Jer 18:18-20
Ps 31:5-6,14,15-16
Mt 20:17-28

Response:  Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

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Tuesday March 3, 2015
Tuesday of the Second week of Lent

Is 1:10,16-20
Ps 50:8-9,16bc-17,21&23
Mt 23:1-12

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

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Monday March 2, 2015
Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Dn 9:4b-10
Ps 79:8,9,11&13
Lk 6:36-38

Response:  Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

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Sunday March 1, 2015
Second Sunday of Lent

Gn 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18
Ps 116:10,15,16-17,18-19
Rom 8:31b-34
Mk 9:2-10

Response:  I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Dt 26:16-19
Ps 119:1-2,4-5,7-8
Mt 5:43-48

Response:  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

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Friday, February 27th, 2015
Friday of the First Week of Lent

Ez 18:21-28
Ps 130:1-2,3-4,5-7a,7bc-8
Mt 5:20-26

Response:  If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Est C:12,14-16,23-25
Ps 138:1-2ab,2cde-3,7c-8
Mt 7:7-12

Response:  Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Jon 3:1-10
Ps 51:3-4,12-13,18-19
Lk 11:29-32

Response:  A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Is 55:10-11
Ps 34:4-5,6-7,16-17,18-19
Mt 6:7-15

Response:  From all their distress God rescues the just.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Monday of the First Week of Lent

Lv 19:1-2,11-18
Ps 19:8,9,10,15
Mt 25:31-46

Response:  Your words, Lord, are spirit and life.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
First Sunday of Lent
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Gn 9:8-15
Ps 25:4-9
1Pt 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

Response:  Your paths, O LORD, are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep your covenant.

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Today is Saturday February 21, 2015 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Isaiah 58: 9 – 14
A reading from the book of the Prophet Isiah

9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. 11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. 13 “If you turn back your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; 14 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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Psalms 86: 1 – 6
From Psalm 86

R: Teach me thy way, O LORD, that I may walk in thy truth;

1 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save thy servant who trusts in thee. Thou art my God;
R: Teach me thy way, O LORD, that I may walk in thy truth;
3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to thee do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

R: Teach me thy way, O LORD, that I may walk in thy truth;

5 For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee. 6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication.

R: Teach me thy way, O LORD, that I may walk in thy truth;
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Luke 5: 27 – 32
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

27 After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And he left everything, and rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

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Today is Friday February 20, 2015 - Friday after Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58: 1 – 9

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. 3 `Why have we fasted, and thou seest it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and thou takest no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a rush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the LORD? 6 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

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Psalms 51: 3 – 6, 18 – 19

From Psalm 51

R: A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.

R: A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
  5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 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: A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

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Matthew 9: 14 – 15

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

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Today is Thursday  February 19, 2015 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday


Deuteronomy 30: 15 – 20
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

15 “See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you this day, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you this day, that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

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Psalms 1: 1 – 4, 6
From Psalm 1

R:  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

R:  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

R:  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

R:  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
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Luke 9: 22 – 25

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

22 saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

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Today is Wednesday February  18, 2015 – Ash Wednesday


Joel 2: 12 – 18

A reading from the book of the Prophet Joel
12 “Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. 14 Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; 16 gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. 17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare thy people, O LORD, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, `Where is their God?’” 18 Then the LORD became jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.

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Psalms 51: 3 – 6, 12 – 14, 17

From Psalm 51

R: 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.

R: 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 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: 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance. 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

R: 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
 
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2 Corinthians 5: 20 — 6:2

A Reading from the 2nd Letter of Paul to the Corintians

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 6:1 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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Matthew 6: 1 – 6, 16 – 18

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 16 “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Today is Tuesday February  17, 2015 – Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Genesis 6: 5 – 8; 7: 1 – 5, 10

A Reading from the Book of Genesis

5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground, man and beast and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate; 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive upon the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

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Psalms 29: 1 – 4, 3, 9 – 10

From Psalm 29

R: May the LORD bless his people with peace!

1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy array.

R: May the LORD bless his people with peace!

3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, upon many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

R: May the LORD bless his people with peace!

9 The voice of the LORD makes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forests bare; and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king for ever.

R: May the LORD bless his people with peace!
 
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Mark 8: 14 – 21

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Mark

14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.” 17 And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

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Today is Monday February  16, 2015 – Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Genesis 4: 1 – 15, 25

A Reading from the Book of Genesis

1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me this day away from the ground; and from thy face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will slay me.”
15 Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If any one slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who came upon him should kill him. 25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, for Cain slew him.”

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Psalms 50: 1, 8, 16 – 17, 20 – 21

\From Psalm 50

R: [14] Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving

1 The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 8 I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before me.

R: [14] Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving

 16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

R: [14] Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving

 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.

R: [14] Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving

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Mark 8: 11 – 13

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Mark

11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side.

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Today is Sunday February  15, 2015 – The 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13: 1 – 2, 44 – 46
A reading from the book of Leviticus

1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a leprous disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests, 44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean; the priest must pronounce him unclean; his disease is on his head. 45 “The leper who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry, `Unclean, unclean.’ 46 He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone in a habitation outside the camp.

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Psalms 32: 1 – 2, 5, 11
From Psalm 32
R: [7] Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
R: [7] Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance

5 I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.
R: [7] Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance

11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
R: [7] Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance
 
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1 Corinthians 10: 31 — 11:1

A reading from the 1st book of Paul to the Corinthains

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

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Mark 1: 40 – 45
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

40 And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

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Today is Saturday, February 14th, Memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bishops

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 3: 9-24]

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9 But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.” 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, `You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them. 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever” — 23 therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

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From Psalm 90 [Ps 90: 2. 3-4abc. 5-6. 12-13]

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R. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

[2] Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art God. 

R. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

[3] Thou turnest man back to the dust, and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!” [4] For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. 

R. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

[5] Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning: [6] in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. 

R. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

[12] So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. [13] Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on thy servants!

R. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 8: 1-10]

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[1] In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him, and said to them, [2] “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; [3] and if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come a long way.” [4] And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these men with bread here in the desert?” [5] And he asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven.” [6] And he commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. [7] And they had a few small fish; and having blessed them, he commanded that these also should be set before them. [8] And they ate, and were satisfied; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. [9] And there were about four thousand people. [10] And he sent them away; and immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and went to the district of Dalmanu’tha.

 

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Today is Friday, February 13th, Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 3: 1-8]

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[1] Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, `You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” [2] And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; [3] but God said, `You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” [4] But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. [5] For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. [7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. [8] And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

 

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From Psalm 32 [Ps 32: 1-2. 5. 6. 7]

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R. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

[1] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. [2] Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

R. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

[5] I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.

R. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

[6] Therefore let every one who is godly offer prayer to thee; at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 

R. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

[7] Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble; thou dost encompass me with deliverance.

R. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 7: 31-37]

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[31] Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap’olis. [32] And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. [33] And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; [34] and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Eph’phatha,” that is, “Be opened.” [35] And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. [36] And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. [37] And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.”

 

 

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Today is Thursday, February 12th, Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 2: 18-25]

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[18] Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” [19] So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. [20] The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. [21] So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; [22] and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. [23] Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” [24] Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. [25] And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

 

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From Psalm 128 [Ps 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5]

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R. Blessed is every one who fears the LORD.

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

R. Blessed is every one who fears the LORD.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

R. Blessed is every one who fears the LORD.

Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!

R. Blessed is every one who fears the LORD.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 7: 24-30]

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[24] And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid. [25] But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. [26] Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni’cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. [27] And he said to her, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” [28] But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” [29] And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” [30] And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.

 

 

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Today is Wednesday, February 11th, Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 2: 4b-9. 15-17]

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[4] In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, [5] when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up — for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; [6] but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground — [7] then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. [8] And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. [9] And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. [15] The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. [16] And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; [17] but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

 

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From Psalm 104 [Ps 104: 1-2a. 27-28. 29bc-30]

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R. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, thou art very great! Thou art clothed with honor and majesty, [2] who coverest thyself with light as with a garment

R. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

[27] These all look to thee, to give them their food in due season. [28] When thou givest to them, they gather it up; when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things. 

R. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

[29] When thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the ground.

R. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 7: 14-23]

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[14] And he called the people to him again, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: [15] there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” [17] And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. [18] And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, [19] since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) [20] And he said, “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. [21] For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, [22] coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. [23] All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”

 

 

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Today is Tuesday, February 10th, Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin and religious

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 1: 20 – 2: 4a]

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[20] And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.” [21] So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. [22] And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” [23] And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. [24] And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. [25] And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. [26] Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. [28] And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” [29] And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. [30] And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. [31] And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. [2:1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. [2] And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. [3] So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation. [4] These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

 

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From Psalm 8 [Ps 8: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9]

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R. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

[4] When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; [5] what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him?

R. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

[6] Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. [7] Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet,

R. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

[8] all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, [9] the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

R. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 7: 1-13]

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[1] Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, [2] they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. [3] (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; [4] and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.) [5] And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?” [6] And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; [7] in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ [8] You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” [9] And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! [10] For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother’; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die’; [11] but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban’ (that is, given to God) — [12] then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, [13] thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do.”

 

 

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Today is Monday, February 9th, Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Book of Genesis [Gn 1: 1-19]

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[1] In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [2] The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. [3] And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. [6] And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." [7] And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. [8] And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. [9] And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. [10] God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. [11] And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so. [12] The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. [13] And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. [14] And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, [15] and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. [16] And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also. [17] And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth, [18] to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. [19] And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

 

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From Psalm 104 [Ps 104: 1-2a. 5-6. 10 and 12. 24 and 35c]

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R. may the LORD rejoice in his works.

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, thou art very great! Thou art clothed with honor and majesty, [2] who coverest thyself with light as with a garment,

R. may the LORD rejoice in his works.

[5] Thou didst set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be shaken. [6] Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. 

R. may the LORD rejoice in his works.

[10] Thou makest springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, [12] By them the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. 

R. may the LORD rejoice in his works.

[24] O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures. [35] Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

R. may the LORD rejoice in his works.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 6: 53-56]

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[53] And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes’aret, and moored to the shore. [54] And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, [55] and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. [56] And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

 

 

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Today is Sunday, February 8th, Sunday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

 

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A reading from the Book of Job [Jb 7: 1-4. 6-7]

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[1] “Has not man a hard service upon earth, and are not his days like the days of a hireling? [2] Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hireling who looks for his wages, [3] so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me. [4] When I lie down I say, `When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn. [6] My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and come to their end without hope. [7] “Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.

 

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From Psalm 157 [Ps 147: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6]

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R. Praise the Lord, He heals the brokenhearted!

[1] Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly. [2] The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 

R. Praise the Lord, He heals the brokenhearted!

[3] He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. [4] He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names. 

R. Praise the Lord, He heals the brokenhearted!

[5] Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. [6] The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground.

R. Praise the Lord, He heals the brokenhearted!

 

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A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [1 Cor 9: 16-19. 22-23]

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[16] For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! [17] For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. [18] What then is my reward? Just this: that in my preaching I may make the gospel free of charge, not making full use of my right in the gospel. [19] For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. [22] To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. [23] I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark [Mk 1: 29-39]

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[29] And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. [30] Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. [31] And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them. [32] That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. [33] And the whole city was gathered together about the door. [34] And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. [35] And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. [36] And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, [37] and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.” [38] And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” [39] And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

 

 

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Heb 13:15-17,20-21
Ps 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6
Mk 6:30-34

Response:  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Heb 13:1-8
Ps 27:1,3,5,8b-9abc
Mk 6:14-29

Response:  The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Heb 12:18-19,21-24
Ps 48:2-3ab,3cd-4,9,10-11
(RSV Ps 48:1-2ab,2cd-4,8,9-10
Mk 6:7-13

Response:  O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Heb 12:4-7,11-15
Ps 103:1-2,13-14,17-18a
Mk 6:1-6

Response:  The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Heb 12:1-4
Ps 22:26b-27,28&30,31-32
(RSV Ps 22:25b-26,27&29,30-31)
Mk 5:21-43

Response:  They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.

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Monday, February 2, 2015
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Mal 3:1-4
Ps 24:7,8,9,10
Heb 2:14-18
Lk 2:22-40

Response:  Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dt 18:15-20
Ps 95:1-2,6-7,8-9
1Cor 7:32-35
Mk 1:21-28

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

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2015 Jan 31 Saturday: Memorial of St. John Bosco, priest

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 11: 1-2. 8-19
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[1] Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
[2] For by it the men of old received divine approval.
[8] By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
[9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
[10] For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
[11] By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
[12] Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
[13] These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
[14] For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
[15] If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
[16] But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
[17] By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
[18] of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named."
[19] He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

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From Luke
Lk 1: 69-70. 71-72. 73-75
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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
[70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[71] that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
[72] to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant,

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[73] the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
[74] to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 35-41
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[35] On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "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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2015 Jan 30 Friday: Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 32-39
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[32] But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,
[33] sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.
[34] For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
[35] Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
[36] For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.
[37] "For yet a little while,
and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry;
[38] but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him."
[39] But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.

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From Psalm 37
Ps 37: 3-4. 5-6. 23-24. 39-40
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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.

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.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

[23] The steps of a man are from the LORD,
and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
[24] though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD is the stay of his hand.

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.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 26-34
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[26] Jesus said to his disciples, "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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2015 Jan 29 Thursday: Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 19-25
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[19] Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
[20] by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
[21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
[22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
[23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful;
[24] and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
[25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The Word of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

 [5] He will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of his salvation.
[6] Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]

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

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 21-25
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[21] Jesus said to his disciples, "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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2015 Jan 28 Wednesday: Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 11-18
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[11] Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

[12] But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
[13] then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet.
[14] For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
[15] And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
[16] "This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,"
[17] then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more."
[18] Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

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From Psalm 110
Ps 110: 1. 2. 3. 4
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You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[1] The LORD says to my lord:
"Sit at my right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool."

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[2] The LORD sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes!

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[3] Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day you lead your host
upon the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning
like dew your youth will come to you.

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[4] The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind,
"You are a priest for ever
after the order of Melchiz'edek."

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 1-20
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[1] At another time, 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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2015 Jan 27 Tuesday: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 1-10
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[1] For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near.
[2] Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin.
[3] But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.
[4] For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
[5] Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
"Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired,
but a body hast thou prepared for me;
[6] in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
[7] Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,'
as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
[8] When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
[9] then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
[10] And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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From Psalm 40
Ps 40: 2 and 4ab. 7-8a. 10. 11
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Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

[2] I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
[4] He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 3: 31-35
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[31] And Jesus’ mother and his brothers came; 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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2015 Jan 26 Monday: Memorial of St.’s Timothy and Titus, bishops
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A reading from the second book of Timothy
2 Tm 1: 1-8
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[1] 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
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Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

[1] O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
[2] Sing to the LORD, bless his name;

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

tell of his salvation from day to day.
[3] Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

[7] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[8] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

 [10] Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!
Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity."

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 3: 22-30
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[22] And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Be-el'zebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
[23] And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
[24] If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
[25] And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
[26] And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
[27] But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
[28] "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
[29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" --
[30] for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."

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2015 Jan 25: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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A reading from the book of Jonah
Jon 3: 1-5. 10
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[1] Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
[2] "Arise, go to Nin'eveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
[3] So Jonah arose and went to Nin'eveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nin'eveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
[4] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he cried, "Yet forty days, and Nin'eveh shall be overthrown!"
[5] And the people of Nin'eveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
[10] When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 25
Ps 25: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (4a)
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Teach me your ways, O Lord

[4] Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
teach me thy paths.
[5] Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
for thou art the God of my salvation;
for thee I wait all the day long.

Teach me your ways, O Lord

[6] Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
[7] Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
according to thy steadfast love remember me,
for thy goodness' sake, O LORD!

Teach me your ways, O Lord

[8] Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
[9] He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

Teach me your ways, O Lord

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A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
1 Cor 7: 29-31
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[29] I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
[30] and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,
[31] and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 1: 14-20
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[14] Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
[15] and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel."
[16] And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.
[17] And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men."
[18] And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
[19] And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
[20] And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb'edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

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