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5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING Ezekiel 37:12-14 Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have...

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4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A–2017

4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a The LORD said to Samuel:  “Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.  I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”  As Jesse and his sons...

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3rd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Exodus 17:3-7 In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?  Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our...

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2nd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A–2017

2nd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Genesis 12:1-4a The LORD said to Abram:  “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.  “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will...

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1st Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

1st Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.  Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the...

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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017 FIRST READING                     Isaiah 49:14-15 Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.”  Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I...

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7th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017 FIRST READING                 Leviticus   19:1-2, 17-18 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:  Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.  “You shall not bear hatred for your brother...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            Sirach 15:15-20 If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 58:7-10 Thus says the LORD:  Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own.  Then your light...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who have observed his law; seek justice, seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the LORD’S anger.  But I will leave...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 8:23—9:3 First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the end he has glorified the seaward road, the land west of the Jordan, the District of the Gentiles. ...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 The LORD said to me:  You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory.  Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to...

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Epiphany-January 8, 2017-Cycle A

Epiphany-January 8, 2017-Cycle A FIRST READING            Isaiah 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and...

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January 1, Mary, Mother of God, Cycle A-2017

January 1, Mary, Mother of God, Cycle A-2017 READING I           Numbers 6:22-27 The Lord said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them:  The Lord bless you and keep you!  The Lord let his face shine...

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Homily for Mass during the Day at Christmas—Cycle A—2016

Homily for Mass during the Day at Christmas—Cycle A—2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is...

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Midnight Mass of Christmas–Cycle A–2016

Midnight Mass of Christmas--Cycle A--2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 9:1-6 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.  You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they...

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4th Sunday of Advent–Cycle A–2016

4th Sunday of Advent--Cycle A--2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:  Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!  But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask!  I will not tempt the...

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3rd Sunday of Advent–Cycle A–2016

3rd Sunday of Advent--Cycle A--2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.  They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.  The glory of Lebanon will be given to...

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2nd Sunday of Advent – Cycle A – 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent - Cycle A - 2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:  a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a...

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1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle A-2016

1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle A-2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  In days to come, the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. ...

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