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  • June 25, 2017

    Reading 1 – JER 20:10-13

    Jeremiah said:
    “I hear the whisperings of many:
    ‘Terror on every side!
    Denounce! let us denounce him!’
    All those who were my friends
    are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
    ‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
    and take our vengeance on him.’
    But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
    my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
    In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
    to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
    O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
    who probe mind and heart,
    let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause.
    Sing to the LORD,
    praise the LORD,
    for he has rescued the life of the poor
    from the power of the wicked!”

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35

    R. (14C) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    For your sake I bear insult,
    and shame covers my face.
    I have become an outcast to my brothers,
    a stranger to my children,
    Because zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
    in your great mercy turn toward me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    “See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
    Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
    the seas and whatever moves in them!”
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

    Reading 2 – ROM 5:12-15

    Brothers and sisters:
    Through one man sin entered the world,
    and through sin, death,
    and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
    for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
    though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
    But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
    even over those who did not sin
    after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
    who is the type of the one who was to come.

    But the gift is not like the transgression.
    For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
    how much more did the grace of God
    and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
    overflow for the many.

    Alleluia – JN 15:26B, 27A

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord;
    and you also will identify.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – MT 10:26-33

    Jesus said to the Twelve:
    “Fear no one.
    Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
    nor secret that will not be known.
    What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
    what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
    And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
    rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
    both soul and body in Gehenna.
    Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
    Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
    Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
    So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    Everyone who acknowledges me before others
    I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
    But whoever denies me before others,
    I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

  • June 24, 2017

    Reading 1 – IS 49:1-6

    Hear me, O coastlands,
    listen, O distant peoples.
    The LORD called me from birth,
    from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
    He made of me a sharp-edged sword
    and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
    He made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me.
    You are my servant, he said to me,
    Israel, through whom I show my glory.

    Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
    and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
    yet my reward is with the LORD,
    my recompense is with my God.
    For now the LORD has spoken
    who formed me as his servant from the womb,
    that Jacob may be brought back to him
    and Israel gathered to him;
    and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
    and my God is now my strength!
    It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
    and restore the survivors of Israel;
    I will make you a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 14C-15

    R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
    you know when I sit and when I stand;
    you understand my thoughts from afar.
    My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
    with all my ways you are familiar.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    Truly you have formed my inmost being;
    you knit me in my mother’s womb.
    I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
    wonderful are your works.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    My soul also you knew full well;
    nor was my frame unknown to you
    When I was made in secret,
    when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

    Reading 2 – ACTS 13:22-26

    In those days, Paul said:
    “God raised up David as king;
    of him God testified,
    I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
    he will carry out my every wish.

    From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
    has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
    John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
    to all the people of Israel;
    and as John was completing his course, he would say,
    ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
    Behold, one is coming after me;
    I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’

    “My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,
    and those others among you who are God-fearing,
    to us this word of salvation has been sent.”

    Alleluia – SEE LK 1:76

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – LK 1:57-66, 80

    When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
    she gave birth to a son.
    Her neighbors and relatives heard
    that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
    and they rejoiced with her.
    When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
    they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
    but his mother said in reply,
    “No. He will be called John.”
    But they answered her,
    “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
    So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
    He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
    and all were amazed.
    Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
    and he spoke blessing God.
    Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
    and all these matters were discussed
    throughout the hill country of Judea.
    All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
    “What, then, will this child be?”
    For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
    The child grew and became strong in spirit,
    and he was in the desert until the day
    of his manifestation to Israel.

  • June 23, 2017

    Reading 1 – DT 7:6-11

    Moses said to the people:
    “You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God;
    he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth
    to be a people peculiarly his own.
    It was not because you are the largest of all nations
    that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you,
    for you are really the smallest of all nations.
    It was because the LORD loved you
    and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn your fathers,
    that he brought you out with his strong hand
    from the place of slavery,
    and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
    Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed,
    the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant
    down to the thousandth generation
    toward those who love him and keep his commandments,
    but who repays with destruction a person who hates him;
    he does not dally with such a one,
    but makes them personally pay for it.
    You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments,
    the statutes and the decrees that I enjoin on you today.”

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10

    R. (cf. 17) The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
    slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
    Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
    nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

    Reading 2 – 1 JN 4:7-16

    Beloved, let us love one another,
    because love is of God;
    everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
    Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
    In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
    God sent his only Son into the world
    so that we might have life through him.
    In this is love:
    not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
    and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
    Beloved, if God so loved us,
    we also must love one another.
    No one has ever seen God.
    Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
    and his love is brought to perfection in us.

    This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
    that he has given us of his Spirit.
    Moreover, we have seen and testify
    that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
    Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
    God remains in him and he in God.
    We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

    God is love, and whoever remains in love
    remains in God and God in him.

    Alleluia – MT 11:29AB

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
    and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – lMT 11:25-30

    At that time Jesus exclaimed:
    “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    for although you have hidden these things
    from the wise and the learned
    you have revealed them to little ones.
    Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
    All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
    No one knows the Son except the Father,
    and no one knows the Father except the Son
    and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

    “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

  • June 22, 2017

    Reading 1 – 2 COR 11:1-11

    Brothers and sisters:
    If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me!
    Please put up with me.
    For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God,
    since I betrothed you to one husband
    to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
    But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,
    your thoughts may be corrupted
    from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ.
    For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached,
    or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received
    or a different gospel from the one you accepted,
    you put up with it well enough.
    For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.”
    Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge;
    in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

    Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted,
    because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge?
    I plundered other churches by accepting from them
    in order to minister to you.
    And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone,
    for the brothers who came from Macedonia
    supplied my needs.
    So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
    By the truth of Christ in me,
    this boast of mine shall not be silenced
    in the regions of Achaia.
    And why? Because I do not love you?
    God knows I do!

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 111:1B-2, 3-4, 7-8

    R. (7B) Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
    in the company and assembly of the just.
    Great are the works of the LORD,
    exquisite in all their delights.
    R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
    R. Alleluia.
    Majesty and glory are his work,
    and his justice endures forever.
    He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
    gracious and merciful is the LORD.
    R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
    R. Alleluia.
    The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    sure are all his precepts,
    Reliable forever and ever,
    wrought in truth and equity.
    R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia – ROM 8:15BC

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
    through which we cry: Abba! Father!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – MT 6:7-15

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
    who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
    Do not be like them.
    Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    “This is how you are to pray:

    ‘Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name,
    thy Kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread;
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.’
    “If you forgive others their transgressions,
    your heavenly Father will forgive you.
    But if you do not forgive others,
    neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

  • June 21, 2017

    Reading 1 – 2 COR 9:6-11

    Brothers and sisters, consider this:
    whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
    and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
    Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
    for God loves a cheerful giver.
    Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
    so that in all things, always having all you need,
    you may have an abundance for every good work.
    As it is written:

    He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.

    The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
    will supply and multiply your seed
    and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

    You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
    which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 112:1BC-2, 3-4, 9

    R. (1B) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commands.
    His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
    the upright generation shall be blessed.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    R. Alleluia.
    Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
    his generosity shall endure forever.
    Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious and merciful and just.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    R. Alleluia.
    Lavishly he gives to the poor;
    his generosity shall endure forever;
    his horn shall be exalted in glory.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia – JN 14:23

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word,
    and my Father will love him
    and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – MT 6:1-6, 16-18

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Take care not to perform righteous deeds
    in order that people may see them;
    otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
    When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
    as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
    to win the praise of others.
    Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    But when you give alms,
    do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
    so that your almsgiving may be secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
    who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
    so that others may see them.
    Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
    and pray to your Father in secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
    They neglect their appearance,
    so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
    Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
    so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
    except to your Father who is hidden.
    And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

  • June 20, 2017

    Reading 1 – 2 COR 8:1-9

    We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God
    that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
    for in a severe test of affliction,
    the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty
    overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
    For according to their means, I can testify,
    and beyond their means, spontaneously,
    they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part
    in the service to the holy ones,
    and this, not as we expected,
    but they gave themselves first to the Lord
    and to us through the will of God,
    so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun,
    he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
    Now as you excel in every respect,
    in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness,
    and in the love we have for you,
    may you excel in this gracious act also.

    I say this not by way of command,
    but to test the genuineness of your love
    by your concern for others.
    For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    that for your sake he became poor although he was rich,
    so that by his poverty you might become rich.

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 146:2, 5-6AB, 6C- 7, 8-9A

    R. (1B) Praise the Lord, my soul!
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, my soul!
    I will praise the LORD all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God while I live.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
    Who made heaven and earth,
    the sea and all that is in them.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    R. Alleluia.
    Who keeps faith forever,
    secures justice for the oppressed,
    gives food to the hungry.
    The LORD sets captives free.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD gives sight to the blind.
    The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
    the LORD loves the just.
    The LORD protects strangers.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    R. Alleluia.

    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 enemies
    and 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.”

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  • June 19, 2017

    Reading 1 – 2 COR 6:1-10

    Brothers and sisters:
    As your fellow workers, we appeal to you
    not to receive the grace of God in vain.
    For he says:

    In an acceptable time I heard you,
    and on the day of salvation I helped you.

    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.
    We cause no one to stumble in anything,
    in order that no fault may be found with our ministry;
    on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves
    as ministers of God, through much endurance,
    in afflictions, hardships, constraints,
    beatings, imprisonments, riots,
    labors, vigils, fasts;
    by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,
    in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
    in the power of God;
    with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left;
    through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.
    We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;
    as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;
    as dying and behold we live;
    as chastised and yet not put to death;
    as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;
    as poor yet enriching many;
    as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 98:1, 2B, 3AB, 3CD-4

    R. (2A) The Lord has made known his salvation.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
    In the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

    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.”

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