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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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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 who...

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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 the...

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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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