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1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2016

FIRST READING                 Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying:  “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the Lord, your God.  Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a... read more

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

FIRST READING                 Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.  Seraphim were stationed above.  They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the... read more

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C—2016

FIRST READING                 Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.  But do you gird your loins; stand up and tell... read more

3rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C–2016

FIRST READING            Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to understand.  Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate, he read out of... read more

2nd Sunday of the Year – Cycle C – 2016

FIRST READING            Isaiah 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.  Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your... read more

The Baptism of the Lord–2016

FIRST READING            Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all... read more

Solemnity of our Lord’s Epiphany — Cycle C — 2016

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 over you appears his glory. ... read more

January 1, Mary, Mother of God, Cycle C-2016

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 upon you, and be gracious to you!  The Lord look... read more

Homily for Mass during the Day at Christmas—Cycle C—2015

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 King!  Hark!  Your sentinels raise a cry, together they... read more

Christmas Midnight Mass–Cycle C–2015

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 rejoice before you as at the harvest, as... read more

4th Sunday of Advent–Cycle C–2015

4th Sunday of Advent–Cycle C–2015 FIRST READING            Micah 5:1-4a Thus says the Lord:  You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old,... read more

3rd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2015

FIRST READING            Zephaniah 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!  Sing joyfully, O Israel!  Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!  The Lord has removed the judgment against you he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the... read more

2nd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2015

FIRST READING            Baruch 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever:  wrapped in the cloak of justice from God, bear on your head the miter that displays the glory of the eternal name.  For God will... read more

1st Sunday of Advent-Cycle C–2015

FIRST READING                               Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.  In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right... read more

Homily for Christ the King-Cycle B—2015

FIRST READING            Daniel 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and... read more

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Cycle B — 2015

First Reading                  Daniel 12:1-3 In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that... read more

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2015

FIRST READING                 1 Kings 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.  As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, “Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.” ... read more

Sunday – November 1, 2015 – Solemnity of All Saints

FIRST READING   Revelation   7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God.  He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, “Do not damage the land or the sea or... read more

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2015

FIRST READING            Jeremiah 31:7-9 Thus says the Lord:  Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say:  The Lord has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel.  Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the... read more

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