Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Saturday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time
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Col 1:21-23
Ps 54:3-4,6&8
Lk 6:1-5

Response:  God himself is my help

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Friday, September 4th, 2015
Friday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time
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Col 1:15-20
Ps 100:1b-2,3,4,5
Lk 5:33-39

Response:  Come with joy into the presence of the Lord

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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the church
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Col 1:9-14
Ps 98:2-3ab,3cd-4,5-6
Lk 5:1-11

Response:  The LORD has made known his victory

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Wednesday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time
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Col 1:1-8
Ps 52:10,11
Lk 4:38-44

Response:  I trust in the steadfast love of God forever

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Tuesday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time
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1Thes 5:1-6,9-11
Ps 27:1,4,13-14
Lk 4:31-37

Response:  I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living

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Monday, August 31st, 2015
Monday of the 22nd week in Ordinary Time
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1Thes 4:13-18
Ps 96:1&3,4-5,11-12,13
Lk 4:16-30

Response:  The Lord comes to judge the earth

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Sunday August 30th, 2015
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Dt 4:1-2,6-8
Ps 15:2-3,3-4,4-5
Jas 1:17-18,21b-22,27
Mk 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

Response:  One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
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1Thes 4:9-11
Ps 98:1,7-8,9
Mk 6:17-29

Response:  The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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1Thes 4:1-8
Ps 97:1&2b,5-6,10,11-12
Mt 25:1-13

Response:  Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Memorial of Saint Monica
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1Thes 3:7-13
Ps 90:3-5a,12-13,14&17
Mt 24:42-51

Response:  Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

1Thes 2:9-13
Ps 139:7-8,9-10,11-12ab
Mt 23:27-32

Response:  You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

1Thes 2:1-8
Ps 139:1-3,4-6
Mt 23:23-26

Response:  You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Rv 21:9b-14
Ps 145:10-11,12-13,17-18
Jn 1:45-51

Response:  Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jos 24:1-2a,15-17,18b
Ps 34:2-3,16-17,18-19,20-21
(RSV Ps 34:1-2,15-16,17-18,19-20)
Eph 5:21-32
Jn 6:60-69

Response:  Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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Today is Saturday August 22, 2015 - Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ruth 2: 1 – 3, 8 – 11; 4: 13 – 17
A reading from the book of Ruth
1 Now Na’omi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a man of wealth, of the family of Elim’elech, whose name was Bo’az. 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Na’omi, “Let me go to the field,

and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3 So she set forth and went and gleaned in the field after the

reapers; and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Bo’az, who was of the family of Elim’elech. 8 Then Bo’az said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to

glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my maidens. 9 Let your eyes be upon the field which they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men

not to molest you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why

have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11 But Bo’az answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death

of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 4:13 So Bo’az took Ruth and

she became his wife; and he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Na’omi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this

day without next of kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is

more to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Na’omi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name,

saying, “A son has been born to Na’omi.” They named him Obed; he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
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From Psalm 128
R: See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! 2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
R: See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
R: See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. 5 The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!
R: See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.

Matthew 23: 1 – 12
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mathew
1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for

they preach, but do not practice. 4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. 5 They do all their

deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and

salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. 9 And call no man your father on

earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; 12 whoever

exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
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Today is Friday August  21st, 2015 - Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
Ruth 1: 1, 3 – 6, 14 – 16, 22
A reading from the book of Ruth
1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 3

But Elim’elech, the husband of Na’omi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They

lived there about ten years; 5 and both Mahlon and Chil’ion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband. 6 Then she started with her daughters-in-law to return

from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But

Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my

God; 22 So Na’omi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley

harvest.
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From Psalm  146
R: Praise the Lord, oh my soul!
5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever;
R: Praise the Lord, oh my soul!
7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
R: Praise the Lord, oh my soul!
 8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the sojourners, he upholds the

widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
R: Praise the Lord, oh my soul!

Matthew 22: 34 – 40
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad’ducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the

great commandment in the law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first

commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
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Today is Thursday August 20, 2015 - Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Judges 11: 29 – 39
A reading from the book of Judges
29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manas’seh, and passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the

Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, “If thou wilt give the Ammonites into my hand, 31 then whoever comes forth from the doors of my house to meet me,

when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the LORD’s, and I will offer him up for a burnt offering.” 32 So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them; and

the LORD gave them into his hand. 33 And he smote them from Aro’er to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a very great slaughter. So the

Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel. 34 Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances; she

was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 And when he saw her, he rent his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! you have brought me very low, and you have

become the cause of great trouble to me; for I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot take back my vow.” 36 And she said to him, “My father, if you have opened your mouth

to the LORD, do to me according to what has gone forth from your mouth, now that the LORD has avenged you on your enemies, on the Ammonites.” 37 And she said to her father,

“Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.” 38 And he said, “Go.” And he sent

her away for two months; and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 39 And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who

did with her according to his vow which he had made. She had never known a man. And it became a custom in Israel
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From Psalm 40
R: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will
 Thou hast multiplied, O LORD my God, thy wondrous deeds and thy thoughts toward us; none can compare with thee! Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than

can be numbered.
R: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will
 7 Then I said, “Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me; 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart.”
R: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD. 10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I

have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.
R: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will

Matthew 22: 1 – 14
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those

who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and

my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ 5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his

servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants,

`The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out

into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a

man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants,

`Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
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Today is Wednesday August 19th, 2015 - Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Judges 9: 6 – 15

A reading from the book of Judges

6 And all the citizens of Shechem came together, and all Beth-millo, and they went and made Abim’elech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem. 7 When it was told to Jotham, he went

and stood on the top of Mount Ger’izim, and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you men of Shechem, that God may listen to you. 8 The trees once went forth to anoint a king

over them; and they said to the olive tree, `Reign over us.’ 9 But the olive tree said to them, `Shall I leave my fatness, by which gods and men are honored, and go to sway over the

trees?’ 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, `Come you, and reign over us.’ 11 But the fig tree said to them, `Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to sway over the

trees?’ 12 And the trees said to the vine, `Come you, and reign over us.’ 13 But the vine said to them, `Shall I leave my wine which cheers gods and men, and go to sway over the trees?’

14 Then all the trees said to the bramble, `Come you, and reign over us.’ 15 And the bramble said to the trees, `If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take

refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’
The word of the Lord.

From Psalm 21

R: Lord, in your strength the king is glad
2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips.3 For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings; thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
R: Lord, in your strength the king is glad
4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it to him, length of days for ever and ever. 5 His glory is great through thy help; splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him.
R: Lord, in your strength the king is glad
 6 Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever; thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence. 7 For the king trusts in the LORD; and through the steadfast love of the Most

High he shall not be moved.
R: Lord, in your strength the king is glad

Matthew 20: 1 – 16

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mathew

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent

them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place; 4 and to them he said, `You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right

I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he

said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the

owner of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came,

each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at

the householder, 12 saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to

one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. 15 Am I not

allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”
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Today is Tuesday August 18th, 2015 - Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Judges 6: 11 – 24
A reading from the book of Judges

11 Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Jo’ash the Abiez’rite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from

the Mid’ianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Pray, sir, if the LORD is

with us, why then has all this befallen us? And where are all his wonderful deeds which our fathers recounted to us, saying, `Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the

LORD has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Mid’ian.” 14 And the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Mid’ian; do not I

send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Pray, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manas’seh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 And the LORD said to him,

“But I will be with you, and you shall smite the Mid’ianites as one man.” 17 And he said to him, “If now I have found favor with thee, then show me a sign that it is thou who speakest

with me. 18 Do not depart from here, I pray thee, until I come to thee, and bring out my present, and set it before thee.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.” 19 So Gideon went into

his house and prepared a kid, and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour; the meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the oak and

presented them. 20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so. 21 Then the

angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes; and there sprang up fire from the rock and consumed the flesh

and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight. 22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD; and Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For

now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.” 23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace be to you; do not fear, you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD,

and called it, The LORD is peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiez’rites.
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From Psalm 85
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people
 11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people
13 Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people

Matthew 19: 23 – 30 
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a

needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them

and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we

have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones,

judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold,

and inherit eternal life. 30 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.
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Today is Monday August 17th 2015 - Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Judges 2: 11 – 19

A reading from the book of Judges

11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Ba’als; 12 and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. 13 They forsook the LORD, and served the Ba’als and the Ash’taroth. 14 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them; and he sold them into the power of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had warned, and as the LORD had sworn to them; and they were in sore straits. 16 Then the LORD raised up Judges, who saved them out of the power of those who plundered them. 17 And yet they did not listen to their Judges; for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed down to them; they soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. 18 Whenever the LORD raised upJudges for them, the LORD was with theJudge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the Judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. 19 But whenever theJudge died, they turned back and behaved worse than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them; they did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
The word of the Lord.
 
Psalms 106: 34 – 37, 39 – 40, 43 – 44
From Psalm  106

R: Remember us oh Lord, as you favor your people
34 They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, 35 but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did.
R: Remember us oh Lord, as you favor your people
36 They served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;
R: Remember us oh Lord, as you favor your people
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings. 40 Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;
R: Remember us oh Lord, as you favor your people
43 Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity. 44 Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.
R: Remember us of Lord, as you favor your people

Matthew 19: 16 – 22
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
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Today is Sunday August 16th, 2015 – The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 9: 1 – 6

A reading from the book of the Book of Proverbs

1 Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven pillars. 2 She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her maids to call from the highest places in the town, 4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who is without sense she says, 5 “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave simpleness, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”

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From Psalm 34

R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! 

R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. 

R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

 

Ephesians 5: 15 – 20

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, 20 always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

John 6: 51 – 58

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.”

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Today is Saturday, August 15th, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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A Reading from the Book of Revelation [Rv 11: 19a; 12: 1-6a. 10ab]
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[19] Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple [1] And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; [2] she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. [3] And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. [4] His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; [5] she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, [6] and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God. [10] And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come”.

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From Psalm 45 [Ps 45: 10. 11. 12. 16]
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R. at your right hand stands the queen arrayed in gold

at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

R. at your right hand stands the queen arrayed in gold

Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house;

R. at your right hand stands the queen arrayed in gold

and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord

R. at your right hand stands the queen arrayed in gold

With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.

R. at your right hand stands the queen arrayed in gold



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A Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [1 Cor 15: 20-27]
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[20] But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. [21] For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. [23] But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. [24] Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. [25] For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. [26] The last enemy to be destroyed is death. [27] “For God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke [Lk 1: 39-56]
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[39] In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, [40] and she entered the house of Zechari’ah and greeted Elizabeth. [41] And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit [42] and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! [43] And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? [44] For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. [45] And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” [46] And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, [47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, [48] for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; [49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. [50] And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. [51] He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, [52] he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; [53] he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. [54] He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, [55] as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.” [56] And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

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Today is Friday, August 14th, Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and martyr

 

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A reading from the Book of Joshua [Jos 24: 1-13]

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[1] Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. [2] And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Your fathers lived of old beyond the Euphra’tes, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. [3] Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; [4] and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Se’ir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. [5] And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it; and afterwards I brought you out. [6] Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. [7] And when they cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt; and you lived in the wilderness a long time. [8] Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. [9] Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel; and he sent and invited Balaam the son of Be’or to curse you, [10] but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I delivered you out of his hand. [11] And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, and the men of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Per’izzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Gir’gashites, the Hivites, and the Jeb’usites; and I gave them into your hand. [12] And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. [13] I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you dwell therein; you eat the fruit of vineyards and oliveyards which you did not plant.’

 

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From Psalm 136 [Ps 136: 1-3. 16-18. 21-22 and 24]

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R. His steadfast love endures for ever.

[1] O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever. [2] O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures for ever. [3] O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 

R. His steadfast love endures for ever.

[16] to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures for ever; [17] to him who smote great kings, for his steadfast love endures for ever; [18] and slew famous kings, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 

R. His steadfast love endures for ever.

[21] and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures for ever; [22] a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures for ever. [24] and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures for ever;

R. His steadfast love endures for ever.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [Mt 19: 3-12]

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[3] And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” [4] He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, [5] and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? [6] So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” [7] They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” [8] He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. [9] And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.” [10] The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” [11] But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. [12] For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

 

 

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Today is Thursday, August 13th, Memorial of Saints Pontian, Pope and martyr, and Hippolytus, Priest and martyr

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A reading from the Book of Joshua [Jos 3: 7-10a. 11. 13-17]
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[7] And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. [8] And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, `When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” [9] And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” [10] And Joshua said, “Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites. [11] Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is to pass over before you into the Jordan. [13] And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” [14] So, when the people set out from their tents, to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, [15] and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), [16] the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zar’ethan, and those flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over opposite Jericho. [17] And while all Israel were passing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

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From Psalm 114 [Ps 114: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6]
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R. Alleluia!

[1] When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, [2] Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

R. Alleluia!

[3] The sea looked and fled, Jordan turned back. [4] The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

R. Alleluia!

[5] What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? [6] O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

R. Alleluia!



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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [Mt 18: 21 – 19: 1]
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[21] Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” [22] Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. [23] “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. [24] When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; [25] and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. [26] So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ [27] And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. [28] But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.’ [29] So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ [30] He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. [31] When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. [32] Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; [33] and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ [34] And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. [35] So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” [19:1] Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;

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Today is Wednesday, August 12th, Memorial of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, married woman and religious founder

 

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A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy [Dt 34: 1-12]

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[1] And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, [2] all Naph’tali, the land of E’phraim and Manas’seh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, [3] the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zo’ar. [4] And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, `I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” [5] So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD, [6] and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-pe’or; but no man knows the place of his burial to this day. [7] Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. [8] And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. [9] And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the people of Israel obeyed him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. [10] And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, [11] none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, [12] and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.

 

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From Psalm 66 [Ps 66: 1-3a. 5 and 8. 16-17]

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R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

[1] Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; [2] sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! [3] Say to God, “How terrible are thy deeds! 

R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

[5] Come and see what God has done: he is terrible in his deeds among men. [8] Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, 

R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

[16] Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. [17] I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [Mt 18: 15-20]

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[15] “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. [16] But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. [17] If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. [18] Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. [19] Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. [20] For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

 

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Today is Tuesday, August 11th, Memorial of Saint Clare, virgin and religious founder

 

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A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy [Dt 31: 1-8]

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[1] So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel. [2] And he said to them, “I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I am no longer able to go out and come in. The LORD has said to me, `You shall not go over this Jordan.’ [3] The LORD your God himself will go over before you; he will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them; and Joshua will go over at your head, as the LORD has spoken. [4] And the LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. [5] And the LORD will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandment which I have commanded you. [6] Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” [7] Then Moses summoned Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage; for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall put them in possession of it. [8] It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed.”

 

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The Response is from the Book of Deuteronomy [Dt 32: 3-4ab. 7. 8. 9 and 12]

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R. The LORD’s portion is his people.

[3] For I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Ascribe greatness to our God! 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. 

R. The LORD’s portion is his people.

[7] Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you. 

R. The LORD’s portion is his people.

[8] When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of men, he fixed the bounds of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. 

R. The LORD’s portion is his people.

[9] For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage. [12] the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no foreign god with him.

R. The LORD’s portion is his people.

 

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew [Mt 18: 1-5. 10. 12-14]

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[1] At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” [2] And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, [3] and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. [4] Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [5] “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; [10] “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. [12] What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? [13] And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. [14] So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

 

 

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Today is Monday, August 10th, Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and martyr

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A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [2 Cor 9: 6-10]
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[6] The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. [7] Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. [8] And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. [9] As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.” [10] He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

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From Psalm 112 [Ps 112: 1-2. 5-6. 7-8. 9]
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R. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends

[1] Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! [2] His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

R. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends

[5] It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. [6] For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.

R. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends

[7] He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. [8] His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.

R. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends

[9] He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

R. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John [Jn 12: 24-26]
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[24] Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. [25] He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. [26] If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.

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Today is Sunday, August 9th, Sunday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the First Book of Kings [1 Kgs 19: 4-8]
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[4] But Elijah himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree; and he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.” [5] And he lay down and slept under a broom tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” [6] And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank, and lay down again. [7] And the angel of the LORD came again a second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, else the journey will be too great for you.” [8] And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

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From Psalm 34 [Ps 34: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (9a)]
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R. O taste and see that the LORD is good!

[2] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. [3] My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.

R. O taste and see that the LORD is good!

[4] O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! [5] I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

R. O taste and see that the LORD is good!

[6] Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. [7] This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

R. O taste and see that the LORD is good!

[8] The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. [9] O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

R. O taste and see that the LORD is good!

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians [Eph 4: 30 – 5: 2]
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[30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, [32] and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. [5:1] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. [2] And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John [ Jn 6: 41-51]
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[41] The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” [42] They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, `I have come down from heaven’?” [43] Jesus answered them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. [44] No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. [45] It is written in the prophets, `And they shall all be taught by God.’ Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. [46] Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. [47] Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. [48] I am the bread of life. [49] Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. [50] This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. [51] I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest
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Dt 6:4-13
Ps 18:2-3a,3bc-4,47&51
Mt 17:14-20

Response:  I love you, Lord, my strength.

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Friday, August 7th, 2015
Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Dt 4:32-40
Ps 77:12-13,14-15,16&21
Mt 16:24-28

Response:  I remember the deeds of the Lord.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
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Dn 7:9-10,13-14
Ps 97:1-2,5-6,9
2Pt 1:16-19
Mk 9:2-10

Response:  The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Nm 13:1-2,25-14:1,26a-29a,34-35
Ps 106:6-7ab,13-14,21-22,23
Mt 15:21-28

Response:  Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest
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Nm 12:1-13
Ps 51:3-4,5-6ab,6cd-7,12-13
(RSV Ps 51:1-2,3-4ab,4cd-5,10-11)
Mt 14:22-36

Response:  Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Nm 11:4b-15
Ps 81:12-13,14-15,16-17
(RSV Ps 81:11-12,13-14,15-16)
Mt 14:13-21

Response:  Sing with joy to God our help

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Ex 16:2-4,12-15
Ps 78:3-4,23-24,25,54
Eph 4:17,20-24
Jn 6:24-35

Response:  The Lord gave them bread from heaven

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2015 Aug 1 Sat: Memorial of Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and doctor of the church

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A reading from the book of Leviticus
Lv 25: 1. 8-17
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[1] The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
[8] "And you shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall be to you forty-nine years.
[9] Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land.
[10] And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family.
[11] A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; in it you shall neither sow, nor reap what grows of itself, nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines.
[12] For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat what it yields out of the field.
[13] "In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property.
[14] And if you sell to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.
[15] According to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years for crops he shall sell to you.
[16] If the years are many you shall increase the price, and if the years are few you shall diminish the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you.
[17] You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

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From Psalm 67
Ps 67: 2-3. 5. 7-8
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Let the peoples praise thee, O God

[2] May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, [Selah]
[3] that thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise thee, O God

[5] Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for thou dost judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. [Selah]

Let the peoples praise thee, O God

[7] The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
[8] God has blessed us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Let the peoples praise thee, O God


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 14: 1-12
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[1] Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
[2] and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
[3] For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
[4] because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
[5] And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
[6] But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
[7] so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
[8] Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
[9] And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
[10] he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
[11] and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
[12] And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

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2015 Jul 31 Fri: Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

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A reading from the book of Leviticus
Lv 23: 1. 4-11. 15-16. 27. 34b-37
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[1] The LORD said to Moses,
[4] "These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.
[5] In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is the LORD's passover.
[6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
[7] On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
[8] But you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD seven days; on the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work."
[9] And the LORD said to Moses,
[10] "Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest;
[11] and he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, that you may find acceptance; on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
[15] "And you shall count from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven full weeks shall they be,
[16] counting fifty days to the morrow after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a cereal offering of new grain to the LORD.
[27] "On the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present an offering by fire to the LORD.
[34] "Say to the people of Israel, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the feast of booths to the LORD.
[35] On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
[36] Seven days you shall present offerings by fire to the LORD; on the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work.
[37] "These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the LORD offerings by fire, burnt offerings and cereal offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day.

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From Psalm 81
Ps 81: 3-4. 5-6. 10-11ab
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Sing aloud to God our strength

[3] Raise a song, sound the timbrel,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
[4] Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.

Sing aloud to God our strength

[5] For it is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
[6] He made it a decree in Joseph,
when he went out over the land of Egypt.
I hear a voice I had not known:

Sing aloud to God our strength

[10] There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
[11] I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Sing aloud to God our strength


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 13: 54-58
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[54] Coming to his own country Jesus taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
[55] Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
[56] And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?"
[57] And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house."
[58] And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

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2015 Jul 30 Thursday of the 17th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the book of Exodus
Ex 40: 16-21. 34-38
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[16] Thus did Moses; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so he did.
[17] And in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected.
[18] Moses erected the tabernacle; he laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars;
[19] and he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent over it, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
[20] And he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark, and set the mercy seat above on the ark;
[21] and he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony; as the LORD had commanded Moses.
[34] Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
[35] And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
[36] Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would go onward;
[37] but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not go onward till the day that it was taken up.
[38] For throughout all their journeys the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.

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From Psalm 84
Ps 84: 3. 4. 5-6a and 8a. 11
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How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

[3] My soul longs, yea, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

[4] Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at thy altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

[5] Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
[6] Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
[8] They go from strength to strength;

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

[11] For a day in thy courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 13: 47-53
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Jesus said to his disciples:
[47] "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;
[48] when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.
[49] So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
[50] and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
[51] "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes."
[52] And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
[53] And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there.


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2015 Jul 29 Wed: Memorial of Saint Martha, disciple of Christ

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A reading from the book of Exodus
Ex 34: 29-35
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[29] When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tables of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
[30] And when Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
[31] But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.
[32] And afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai.
[33] And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face;
[34] but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the people of Israel what he was commanded,
[35] the people of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone; and Moses would put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 99
Ps 99: 5. 6. 7. 9
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The LORD our God is holy

[5] Extol the LORD our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!

The LORD our God is holy

[6] Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the LORD, and he answered them.

The LORD our God is holy

[7] He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his testimonies,
and the statutes that he gave them.

The LORD our God is holy

[9] Extol the LORD our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the LORD our God is holy!

The LORD our God is holy


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A reading from the holy gospel according to John
Jn 11: 19-27
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[19] Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother (Lazarus, who had died).
[20] When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.
[21] Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
[22] And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."
[23] Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
[24] Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
[25] Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
[26] and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
[27] She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."

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2015 Jul 28 Tue: 17th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the book of Exodus
Ex 33: 7-11; 34: 5b-9. 28
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[7] Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; and he called it the tent of meeting. And every one who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp.
[8] Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose up, and every man stood at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he had gone into the tent.
[9] When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses.
[10] And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the door of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, every man at his tent door.
[11] Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tent.
[5] And the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
[6] The LORD passed before him, and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
[7] keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation."
[8] And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth, and worshiped.
[9] And he said, "If now I have found favor in thy sight, O Lord, let the Lord, I pray thee, go in the midst of us, although it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thy inheritance."
[28] And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

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From Psalm 103
Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
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The LORD is merciful and gracious

[6] The LORD works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
[7] He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.

The LORD is merciful and gracious

[8] The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
[9] He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.

The LORD is merciful and gracious

[10] He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor requite us according to our iniquities.
[11] For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

The LORD is merciful and gracious

[12] as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
[13] As a father pities his children,
so the LORD pities those who fear him.

The LORD is merciful and gracious

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 13: 36-43
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[36] Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
[37] He answered, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
[38] the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
[39] and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
[40] Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.
[41] The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
[42] and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
[43] Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

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2015 Jul 27 Mon: 17th week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the book of Exodus
Ex 32: 15-24. 30-34
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[15] Moses turned, and went down from the mountain with the two tables of the testimony in his hands, tables that were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
[16] And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
[17] When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a noise of war in the camp."
[18] But he said, "It is not the sound of shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing that I hear."
[19] And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
[20] And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it upon the water, and made the people of Israel drink it.
[21] And Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you that you have brought a great sin upon them?"
[22] And Aaron said, "Let not the anger of my lord burn hot; you know the people, that they are set on evil.
[23] For they said to me, `Make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'
[24] And I said to them, `Let any who have gold take it off'; so they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and there came out this calf."
[30] On the morrow Moses said to the people, "You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
[31] So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold.
[32] But now, if thou wilt forgive their sin -- and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written."
[33] But the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
[34] But now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them."

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From Psalm 106
Ps 106: 19-20. 21-22. 23
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O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good

[19] They made a calf in Horeb
and worshiped a molten image.
[20] They exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good

[21] They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
[22] wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and terrible things by the Red Sea.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good

[23] Therefore he said he would destroy them --
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew
Mt 13: 31-35
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[31] Another parable Jesus put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
[32] it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
[33] He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."
[34] All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
[35] This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the
world."

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2015 Jul 26 SUN: SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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A reading from the second book of Kings
2 Kgs 4: 42-44
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[42] A man came from Ba'al-shal'ishah, bringing Eli'sha, the man of God, bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Eli'sha said, "Give to the men, that they may eat."
[43] But his servant said, "How am I to set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, `They shall eat and have some left.'"
[44] So he set it before them. And they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

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From Psalm 145
Ps 145: 10-11. 15-16. 17-18
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The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs

[10] All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
and all thy saints shall bless thee!
[11] They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
and tell of thy power,

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs
 
[15] The eyes of all look to thee,
and thou givest them their food in due season.
[16] Thou openest thy hand,
thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs
 
[17] The LORD is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
[18] The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs

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A reading from the letter to the Ephesians
Eph 4: 1-6
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Brothers and sisters:
[1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
[2] with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
[3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
[4] There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
[5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
[6] one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to John
Jn 6: 1-15
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[1] Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber'i-as.
[2] And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
[3] Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
[4] Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
[5] Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?"
[6] This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
[7] Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
[8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
[9] "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?"
[10] Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
[11] Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
[12] And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost."
[13] So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
[14] When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!"
[15] Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

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