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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...

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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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34th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Christ the King—Cycle C—2016

34th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Christ the King—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            2 Samuel 5:1-3 In those days, all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:  “Here we are, your bone and your flesh.  In days past, when Saul was our king, it was you...

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33rd Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

33rd Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Malachi 3:19-20a Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch,...

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32nd Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

32nd Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.  One of...

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31st Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

31st Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.  But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you...

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30th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

30th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.  Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.  The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the...

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29th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

29th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Exodus 17:8-13 In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.  Moses, therefore, said to Joshua, “Pick out certain men, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle.  I will be standing...

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28th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

28th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING 2 Kings 5:14-17 Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of his leprosy. Naaman returned...

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27th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

27th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 How long, O LORD?  I cry for help but you do not listen!  I cry out to you, “Violence!”  but you do not intervene.  Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? ...

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26th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

26th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the Lord the God of hosts:  Woe to the complacent in Zion!  Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves from...

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25th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

25th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Amos 8:4-7 Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!  “When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may...

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C–2016

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C–2016 FIRST READING            Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved.  They have soon turned aside...

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23rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016

23rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Wisdom 9:13-18b Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?  For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.  For the corruptible body burdens the...

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22nd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016

22nd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.  Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. ...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 66:18-21 Thus says the LORD:  I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.  I will set a sign among them; from them I...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 In those days, the princes said to the king:  “Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Wisdom 18:6-9 The night of the Passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage.  Your people awaited the...

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!  Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and yet to another who has not...

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Genesis 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to...

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