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1st Sunday of Lent—Cycle B—2018

1st Sunday of Lent—Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING              Genesis 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him:  "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you:  all the birds, and...

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Ash Wednesday–2018

Ash Wednesday--2018 FIRST READING            Joel 2:12-18 Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is he,...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B–2018

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B--2018 FIRST READING            Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Job spoke, saying:  Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?  Are not his days those of hirelings?  He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages.  So I have...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B–2018

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B--2018 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Moses spoke to all the people, saying:  “A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen.  This is exactly what you requested of...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was.  The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”  Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called...

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Cycle B–2018

Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Cycle B--2018 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...

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Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B—2018

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            Isaiah 55:1-11 Thus says the Lord:  All you who are thirsty, come to the water!  You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come, without paying and without cost, drink...

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Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Cycle B–2018

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Cycle B--2018 FIRST READING                 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...

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Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Cycle B–2017

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Cycle B--2017 FIRST READING            Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying:  “Fear not, Abram!  I am your shield; I will make your reward very great.”  But Abram said, “O Lord God, what...

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Homily for Mass during the Day at Christmas—Cycle B—2017

Homily for Mass during the Day at Christmas—Cycle B—2017 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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Homily for Midnight Mass of Christmas, Cycle B—2017

Homily for Midnight Mass of Christmas, Cycle B—2017 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,...

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Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle B–2017

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle B--2017 FIRST READING  2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of...

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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B–2017

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B--2017 FIRST READING Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the...

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Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B—2017

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B—2017 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...

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Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent—Cycle B—2017

Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent—Cycle B—2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 You, Lord, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever.  Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?  Return for...

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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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