• Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:17-29 After the death of Naboth the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite:"Start down to meet Ahab, king of Israel,who rules in Samaria.He will be in the vineyard of Naboth,of which he has come to take possession.This is what you shall tell him,'The LORD says: After murdering, do you also take possession?For this, the LORD says:In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth,the dogs shall lick up your blood, too.'"Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me out, my enemy?""Yes," he answered."Because you have given yourself up to doing evil in the LORD's sight,I am bringing evil upon you: I will destroy youand will cut off every male in Ahab's line,whether slave or freeman, in Israel.I will make your house like that of Jeroboam, son of Nebat,and like that of Baasha, son of Ahijah,because of how you have provoked me by leading Israel into sin."(Against Jezebel, too, the LORD declared,"The dogs shall devour Jezebel in the district of Jezreel.")"When one of Ahab's line dies in the city,dogs will devour him;when one of them dies in the field,the birds of the sky will devour him."Indeed, no one gave himself up to the doing of evilin the sight of the LORD as did Ahab,urged on by his wife Jezebel.He became completely abominable by following idols,just as the Amorites had done,whom the LORD drove out before the children of Israel.When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garmentsand put on sackcloth over his bare flesh.He fasted, slept in the sackcloth, and went about subdued.Then the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite,"Have you seen that Ahab has humbled himself before me?Since he has humbled himself before me,I will not bring the evil in his time.I will bring the evil upon his house during the reign of his son." Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 11 and 16 R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.Thoroughly wash me from my guiltand of my sin cleanse me. R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.For I acknowledge my offense,and my sin is before me always:"Against you only have I sinned,and done what is evil in your sight."R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.Turn away your face from my sins,and blot out all my guilt.Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;then my tongue shall revel in your justice.R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Alleluia Jn 13:34 R. Alleluia, alleluia.I give you a new commandment;love one another as I have loved you.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 5:43-48 Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said,You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I say to you, love your enemiesand pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your heavenly Father,for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?Do not the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet your brothers only,what is unusual about that?Do not the pagans do the same?So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:1-16 Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreelnext to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,since it is close by, next to my house.I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbidthat I should give you my ancestral heritage.”Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answerNaboth the Jezreelite had made to him:“I will not give you my ancestral heritage.”Lying down on his bed, he turned away from food and would not eat.His wife Jezebel came to him and said to him,“Why are you so angry that you will not eat?”He answered her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreeliteand said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard, or,if you prefer, I will give you a vineyard in exchange.’But he refused to let me have his vineyard.”His wife Jezebel said to him,“A fine ruler over Israel you are indeed!Get up. Eat and be cheerful.I will obtain the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite for you.”So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and,having sealed them with his seal,sent them to the elders and to the nobleswho lived in the same city with Naboth.This is what she wrote in the letters:“Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.Next, get two scoundrels to face himand accuse him of having cursed God and king.Then take him out and stone him to death.”His fellow citizens—the elders and nobles who dwelt in his city—did as Jezebel had ordered them in writing,through the letters she had sent them.They proclaimed a fast and placed Naboth at the head of the people.Two scoundrels came in and confronted him with the accusation,“Naboth has cursed God and king.”And they led him out of the city and stoned him to death.Then they sent the information to Jezebelthat Naboth had been stoned to death.When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned to death,she said to Ahab,“Go on, take possession of the vineyardof Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you,because Naboth is not alive, but dead.”On hearing that Naboth was dead, Ahab started off on his waydown to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,to take possession of it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7 R. (2b) Lord, listen to my groaning.Hearken to my words, O LORD,attend to my sighing.Heed my call for help,my king and my God!R. Lord, listen to my groaning.At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;no evil man remains with you;the arrogant may not stand in your sight. R. Lord, listen to my groaning.You hate all evildoers.You destroy all who speak falsehood;The bloodthirsty and the deceitfulthe LORD abhors.R. Lord, listen to my groaning. Alleluia Ps 119:105 R. Alleluia, alleluia.A lamp to my feet is your word,a light to my path.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 5:38-42 Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said,An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.When someone strikes you on your right cheek,turn the other one to him as well.If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,hand him your cloak as well.Should anyone press you into service for one mile,go with him for two miles.Give to the one who asks of you,and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow." - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Ez 17:22-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,and become a majestic cedar.Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.And all the trees of the field shall knowthat I, the LORD,bring low the high tree,lift high the lowly tree,wither up the green tree,and make the withered tree bloom.As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do. Responsorial Psalm Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 R. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.It is good to give thanks to the LORD,to sing praise to your name, Most High,To proclaim your kindness at dawnand your faithfulness throughout the night.R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.They that are planted in the house of the LORDshall flourish in the courts of our God.R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.They shall bear fruit even in old age;vigorous and sturdy shall they be,Declaring how just is the LORD,my rock, in whom there is no wrong.R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you. Reading 2 2 Cor 5:6-10 Brothers and sisters:We are always courageous,although we know that while we are at home in the bodywe are away from the Lord,for we walk by faith, not by sight.Yet we are courageous,and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away.For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,so that each may receive recompense,according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil. Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia.The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.All who come to him will live forever.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mk 4:26-34 Jesus said to the crowds:“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the landand would sleep and rise night and dayand through it all the seed would sprout and grow,he knows not how.Of its own accord the land yields fruit,first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,for the harvest has come.”He said,“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,or what parable can we use for it?It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plantsand puts forth large branches,so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”With many such parableshe spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.Without parables he did not speak to them,but to his own disciples he explained everything in private. - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:19-21 Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;he was following the twelfth.Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,"Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,and I will follow you."Elijah answered, "Go back! Have I done anything to you?"Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,and gave it to his people to eat.Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant. Responsorial Psalm Psalm 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10 R. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,you it is who hold fast my lot.R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.I bless the LORD who counsels me;even in the night my heart exhorts me.I set the LORD ever before me;with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,my body, too, abides in confidence;Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.R. You are my inheritance, O Lord. Alleluia Ps 119:36a, 29b R. Alleluia, alleluia.Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;and favor me with your law.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 5:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,Do not take a false oath,but make good to the Lord all that you vow.But I say to you, do not swear at all;not by heaven, for it is God's throne;nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.Do not swear by your head,for you cannot make a single hair white or black.Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.'Anything more is from the Evil One." - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16 At the mountain of God, Horeb,Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter.But the word of the LORD came to him,"Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by."A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountainsand crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind.After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake.After the earthquake there was fire—but the LORD was not in the fire.After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.When he heard this,Elijah hid his face in his cloakand went and stood at the entrance of the cave.A voice said to him, "Elijah, why are you here?"He replied, "I have been most zealous for the LORD,the God of hosts.But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant,torn down your altars,and put your prophets to the sword.I alone am left, and they seek to take my life."The LORD said to him,"Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus.When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram.Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel,and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah,as prophet to succeed you." Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14 R. (8b) I long to see your face, O Lord.Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;have pity on me, and answer me.Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.R. I long to see your face, O Lord.Your presence, O LORD, I seek.Hide not your face from me;do not in anger repel your servant.You are my helper: cast me not off.R. I long to see your face, O Lord.I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORDin the land of the living.Wait for the LORD with courage;be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. R. I long to see your face, O Lord. Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a R. Alleluia, alleluia.Shine like lights in the world,as you hold on to the word of life.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 5:27-32 Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lusthas already committed adultery with her in his heart.If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.It is better for you to lose one of your membersthan to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.It is better for you to lose one of your membersthan to have your whole body go into Gehenna."It was also said,Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.But I say to you,whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)causes her to commit adultery,and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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