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Christ the King-Cycle A—2017

Christ the King-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.  I will rescue them from...

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.  Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.  She brings him good, and not evil, all the days...

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32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Wisdom 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.  She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;...

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31st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10 A great King am I, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.  And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:  If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to...

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING Exodus 22:20-26 Thus says the Lord: "You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they...

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: ...

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 25:6-10a On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.  On this mountain he will destroy the veil that...

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING Isaiah 5:1-7 Let me now sing of my friend, my friend's song concerning his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it...

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Ezekiel 18:25-28 Thus says the Lord:  You say, "The Lord's way is not fair!"  Hear now, house of Israel:  Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?  When someone virtuous turns away from...

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 55:6-9 Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.  Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in...

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Sirach 27:30--28:9 Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.  The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.  Forgive your neighbor's injustice;...

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Homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

Homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  Ezekiel 33:7-9 Thus says the Lord:  You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.  If I tell the wicked, "O wicked...

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Homily for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

Homily for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Jeremiah 20:7-9 You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.  All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.  Whenever I speak, I...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 22:19-23 Thus says the Lord to Shebna, master of the palace:  "I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station.  On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the Lord:  Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.  The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.  Then the Lord said to him, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by." ...

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August 6 — Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6 -- Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord First Reading              Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched:  Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.  His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was...

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A—2017

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.  God said, Ask something of me and I will give it to you.  Solomon answered:  O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 There is no god besides you who have the care of all, that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.  For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:  Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the...

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