2017

December 15

for December 17: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Is. 61: 1-2, 10-11  Resp. psalm Luke 1  My soul rejoices in my God

1Thess. 5:16-24   John 1:6-8, 19-28

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December 14

St. John of the Cross (God draws near…)

Isaiah 41: 13-20

Psalm 145  The Lord is gracious and merciful

Matt. 11:11-15  John sacrificed all for Jesus…So did John of the Cross 

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December 13

God gives true rest

Isaiah 40:25-31 God often raises up the weak and the lowly…because they do not depend on themselves…

Psalm 103  O bless the Lord, my soul    Matthew 11:28-30

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December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Are you a faithful son/daughter of Mary? Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19-12:1-6, 10

Judith 13  You are the highest honor of our race

Luke 1:39-47 Mary’s gift of herself   (see also Luke 1:26-38 Call on her as mother this Advent…Ask for her prayer for you)

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December 11

Faith in God’s love, mercy, forgiveness

Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 85  Our God will come to save us

Luke 5:17-26

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December 8

2nd Sunday of Advent December 10

Is. 40:1-5, 9-11Make ready the way of the Lord…make straight path

Psalm 85  Lord, let us see your kindness…

2 Peter 3:8-14

Mark 1:1-8

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December 7

Pearl Harbor (horrors of war)

Isaiah 26:1-6

Psalm 118  Blessed is he who come in the name of the Lord

Matthew 7:21, 24-27  Speak of the Immaculate Conception  

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December 6

The food that is life “I am the bread of life”

Isaiah 25:6-10

Psalm 23  The Lord is my Shepherd

Matthew 15:29-37

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December 5

What God has in store for us!

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72  Justice shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace…

Luke 10:21-24

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December 4

Walk in the light

Isaiah 2:1-5  Let us walk in the light of the Lord

Psalm 122 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

Matthew 8:5-11  CD

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December 1

for Sun. Dec. 3 Theme: First Sunday of Advent

INSERT Program already recorded for December 3

Is. 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7  (or insert)

Psalm 80  Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face…

1Cor. 1:3-9  Mark 13:33-37

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November 30

Feast of St. Andrew

Romans 10:9-18  (see intro. P. 416-17)  CD for Advent

Psalm 19  The judgments of the lord are true…just

Matthew 4:18-22  How did God call you?  Learn to listen…

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November 29

The time is near at hand

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 161-7, 23-28  CD for Advent

Daniel 3 Give glory and praise to HIM

Luke 21:12-19  St. Catherine of Siena pp. 409-10

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November 28

Do we heed his word?

Daniel 2: 31-45  CD for Advent

Dn 3  Responsorial psalm

Luke 21: 5-11 God uses these calamities to warn us—do we heed?

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November 27

God looks at the heart: the motive

Dan. 1:1-6, 8-20Physical and spiritual preparation—for life, Advent

Deut. 3  Blessed are you!   CD for Advent

Stay awake!  Be ready; Luke 21:1-4  (God looks at the heart) Advent 

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November 24

Feast of Christ the King

Ez. 34:11-12, 15-17   CD for ADVENT

Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd

1Corinthians 15:20-26, 28  (Advertise for the 1st Sunday of Advent)

Matthew 25:31-46  A Kingdom of Love, of Justice and mercy and peace

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November 23

thank God today(Thanksgving Day)

See opening prayer p. 334  CD for ADVENT

Sirach 50:22-24

1Cor. 1:3-9        Luke 17:11-19  Advertise the CD for Advent

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November 22

Am I sold out for God?

Maccabees 7:1, 20-31: to be “sold out” for God

Psalm 17  Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full

Luke 19:11-28  Your life may be like the coin stored in a handkerchief

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November 21

Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Maccabees 6:18-31     See also Fr. Sullivan, p. 301, Com. On Mary

Psalm 3  The Lord upholds me

Luke 19:1-10  

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November 20

Who is your God?

Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

Psalm 119  Give me life, O Lord and I will do your commands

Luke 18:35-43  (tell story of woman in Indonesia)

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November 17

for Sunday, November 19—33rd Sun. in O.T.

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20. 30-31

Ps. 128  Blessed are those who fear the Lord      1st Thess. 5:1-6

Matthew 25:14-30  What have you done with what I have given you?

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November 16

The gift of Wisdom

Wisdom 7: 22-8:1

Psalm 119  Your word is forever O Lord…

Luke 17:20-25

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November 15

How grateful am I ?

Wisdom 6:1-11

Psalm 82 Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth

Luke 17:11-19

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November 14

In the time of their visitation…shine

Wisdom 2:23-3:9

Psalm 34  I will bless the Lord at all times

Luke 17:7-10 See Sr. Ruth Burrows p. 185

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November 13

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini

Wisdom 1:1-7

Psalm 139  Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way

Luke 17:1-6

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November 10

for Sunday, Nov.12: 32th Sunday in O.T.

Wisdom 6:12-16

Psalm 63  My soul is thirsting…

1Thess.  4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13  Be watchful, ready, prepared…for the Lord

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November 9

What is the fruit of my life?My family?The church?

Ezekiel 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12

Psalm 46  The waters of the river gladden the city of God

1Cor. 3:9c-11, 16-17    John 2:13-22    

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November 8

Love one another

Romans 13:8-10

Psalm 112  Blessed is the man who is generous…

Luke 14:25-33

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November 7

Self-centered

Romans 12:5-16      Psalm 131 In you, O Lord, I have found my peace

Luke 14:15-24 (How many times do we excuse ourselves from prayer, others?)

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November 6

God first, others second, “me” third

Romans 11: 29-36   Psalm 69  Lord, in your great love, answer me!

Luke 14:12-14 reach out the needy--get “me”  into 2nd, 3rd place? P. 88

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November 3

St. Martin de Porres and 31st Sun. in O.T.(Nov. 5)

Friday:  Martin de Porres (the contrast)

Sunday: Malachi 1:14-2;2, 8-10 Ps. 131  In you, Lord, I have found …

1st Thess. 2:7-9, 13 and Matthew 23:1-12

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November 2

Feast of All Souls

Wisdom 3:1-9

Psalm 23  The Lord is my Shepherd

Romans 5:5-11

John 6:37-40  to do the will of the one who sent me

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November 1

Feast of All Saints

Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 24  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face

John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12  Beatitudes –read the material you put together

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October 31

The importance of the seed and the yeast

Romans 8:18-25

Ps. 126  The Lord has done marvels for us

Luke 13:18-21  The hiddenness of God’s work   

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October 30

The fatherhood of God

Romans 8:12-17

Psalm 68:2-4,6-7, 20-21

Luke 13:10-17 

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October 27

for Sun. Oct. 29th: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex. 22:20-26

Psalm 18  I love you Lord my strength

1Thess. 1:5-10

Matthew 22:34-40

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October 26

Gift of God is eternal life!

Romans 6:19-23

Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Luke 12:49-53 Will you be faithful to Him at all cost?

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October 25

Be a good steward, Stay awake!

Romans 6:12-18

Psalm 124 Our help is in the name of the Lord

Luke 12:39-48

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October 24

God’s will? Do I love it?

Romans 5:12,15, 17-19, 20-21

Psalm 40  Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will

Luke 12:35-38

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October 23

God is faithful

Romans 4:20-25

Responsorial Psalm (Luke 1)  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel…

Luke 12:13-21 

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October 20

29 Sunday in O. T. October 22

Isaiah 45 :1, 4-6

Psalm 96  Give the Lord glory and honor

1Thess. 1:1-5

Matthew 22:15-21

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October 19

Canadian Martyrs

Romans 3:21-30

Psalm 130

Luke 11:47-54

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October 18

Feast of St. Luke

2Timothy 4:10-17b

Psalm 145  Your friends make known, O Lord…

Luke 10:1-9   

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October 17

St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letters of)

Romans 1:16-25

Psalm 19  The heavens proclaim the glory of God

Luke 11:37-41 Do you live for appearance sake? Commitment?

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October 16

Are you a son/daughter/disciple?

Romans 1:1-7

Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation

Luke 11:29-32

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October 13

for Sun. Oct. 15—28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 25:6-10

Psalm 23  I shall live in the house of the Lord…

Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20

Matthew 22:1-14

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October 12

Ask, Seek, Knock

Malachi 3:13-20

Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Luke 11:5-13

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October 11

What is most important in life?

Jonah 4 :1-11

Psalm 86  Lord, you are merciful and gracious

Luke 11:1-4—Prayer!!

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October 10

Wait upon, rely upon the Lord! Not self

Jonah 3: 1-10

Psalm 130 If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

Luke 10:38-42  What is most important in life?

FFJ pocast cover

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October 9

Mercy, mercy

Jonah 1:1-2; 2, 11

Psalm Jonah 2---You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord

Luke 10:25-37  Go and do likewise…

FFJ pocast cover

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October 6

Mass for Our Lady-7th; 8th 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

See first p. 103 JPII  (Sat. Oct. 7)   Then: Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80  The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

Philippians 4:6-9

Matthew 21:33-43

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October 5

Proclaim the mighty works of God!

Nehemiah 8:1-4, 5-6, 7-12

Psalm 19 The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart

Luke 10:1-12  relationship/sacraments the key to everything/

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October 4

St. Francis of Assisi

Nehemiah  2:1-8

Psalm 137  Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you

Luke 9:57-62   See also p. 69

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October 3

Is Jesus welcome in your midst?—always?

Zechariah 8:20-23

Psalm 87 God is with us!

Luke 9:51-56

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October 2

Feast of the Guardian Angels

Exodus 23:20-23   Place of suffering Col 1:24…(speak of present time)

Psalm 91  The Lord has put angels in charge of you, to guard…

Matthew 18:1-5

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September 29

for Sunday October 1st 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Oct 1

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September 28

Place of God in your daily life?

Haggai 1:1-8    Psalm 149  Luke 9:7-9

What priority does God and His will have in your daily life?

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September 27

Repentance and suffering

Ezra 9:5-9  St. Vincent de Paul

He scourges and then has mercy—important in the midst of suffering

Luke 9:1-6 Faith and trust in God in the midst of difficulties

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September 26

The issue of faith

Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20

Psalm 122

Luke 18:19-21—To hear the word of God and act on it; lack of faith

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September 25

Suffering—why does God allow it?

Suffering and the Body of Christ: Mental, Emotional, Physical: the endurance of the suffering of those you love: Physical suffering; emotional suffering; rejection; betrayal; torture…

Ezra 1:1-6 (Offering of self and family Luke 8:16-18 How you hear…

          Christ suffered and died for you and me…JPII His suffering and the humiliation of it all  See Colossians 1:24…

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September 22

for Sunday Sept. 24, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:6-9

Psalm 145  The Lord is near to all who call upon Him  Phil. 1:20-24, 27

Matthew 20:1-16

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September 21

St. Matthew

Eph. 4:1-7,11-13  (not membership in an organization…but a disciple

Psalm 19  Their message goes out through the Earth

Matthew 9:9-13

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September 20

Feast of Korean Martyrs

1Tim 3:14-16

Psalm 111  How great are the works of the Lord

Luke 7:31-35  All the opposition Jesus met?? Why do we think it should be less for us?

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September 19

God can and does bring good out of suffering for those who trust in Him

God’s plan Psalm 145  The Lord is near to all who call upon him

Philippians 1:20-24, 27  Matthew 20: 1-16 Yield to God’s way; his priorities

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September 18

Faith and suffering

To understand the purpose of suffering, our faith needs to grow

Timothy 2:1-8

Psalm 28 Blessed be the Lord for he has heard my prayer

Luke 7:1-10 See Ratzinger p. 269 Sharing in Jesus’ vision

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September 15

Our Lady of Sorrows; Sun. Sept. 17, 24th Sun. O.T.

See John 19:25-27      Then to Sunday readings Sirach 27:30-28:7

Psalm 103 The Lord is kind and merciful…

Romans 14:7-9

Matthew 18:21-35  Are you ready to forgive?  

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September 14

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 78  Do not forget the works of the Lord

Philippians 2:6-11

John 3:13-17  Announce new series

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September 13

The Compassion of Jesus

Colossians 3:1-11

Psalm 145 The Lord is compassionate toward all his works

Luke 6:20-26

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September 12

The Most Holy Name of Mary

Col. 2:6-15

Psalm 145  The Lord is compassionate toward all his works

Luke 6:12-19   See intro p. 156

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September 11

Does God challenge you?

Col. 1:24-2:3

Psalm 62  God is my safety and my glory

Luke 6:6-11

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September 8

for Sunday September 10 23rd Sun. in O.T.

Ezekiel. 33: 7-9

Psalm 95 If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts

Romans 13:8-10

Matthew 18:15-20  

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September 7

How is your faith?

Col. 1:9-14

Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation

Luke 5:1-11   

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September 6

The mercy of God

Col. 1:1-8

Psalm 52  I trust in the mercy of God forever

Luke 4:38-44  See p. 86-87

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September 5

He commands and they obey…What do we do?

Opening prayer and 1Thess. 5:1-6.9-11

Psalm 27  I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord…

Luke 4:31-37 

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September 4

Your priorities and God’s

1Thess. 4:13-18..those who have no hope

Psalm 96 The Lord comes to judge the earth

Luke 4:16-30

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September 1

for Sunday, September 3: 22nd Sun. in Ord. Time

Jeremiah 20:7-9

Psalm 63

Rom 12:1-2 

Mt 16:21-27 (124) 

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August 31

The reward for those who obey

1Thessalonians 3:7-13

Psalm 90  Fill is with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy

Matthew 24: 42-51

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August 30

Power of the Word

1Thessalonians 2:9-13

Psalm 139  Is the word of God at work in you?

Matthew 23:27-32

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August 29

How willing am I to put myself in God’s hands?

Jeremiah 1:17-19 The Passion of John the Baptist

Psalm 71  I will sing your salvation

Mark 6:17-29

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August 28

Feast of St. Augustine

1Thess. 1:1-5, 8-10

Psalm 149 The Lord takes delight in His people

Matthew 23:13-22  p. 615-616 Merikakis

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August 25

for 21st Sunday in O.T. August 27

Isaiah 22:19-23

Psalm 138  Lord, your love is eternal…

Romans 11:33-36

Matthew 16:13-20  Jesus asks each of us this question?

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August 24

No Double-mindedness

Revelation 21:9-14

Psalm 145  Your friends make known, O Lord, …

John 1:45-51

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August 23

Who do you choose as leader…?

Judges 9:6-15

Psalm 21  Lord, in your strength the king is glad

Matthew 20:1-16  

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August 22

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (316)

Judges 6:11-24

Psalm 85  The Lord speaks of peace to his people

Matthew 19:23-30

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August 21

Feast of St. Pius X

Judges 2:11-19

Psalm 106  Remember us, Lord, as you favor your people

Matthew 19:16-22 

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August 18

for 20th Sunday in O.T., August 20

Is. 56:1, 6-7

Psalm 67  O God let all the nations praise you!

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Matthew 15:21-28

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August 17

Reconciliation

Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17

Psalm 114  Allelujia

Matthew 18:21-19:1

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August 16

Reconciliation

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Psalm 66 Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Matthew 18:15-20

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August 15

Feast of the Assumption

Revelation 11:19;12:1-6,10

Psalm 45 The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold

1Cor. 15:20-27

Luke 1:39-56 Read John Paul II  p. 199

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August 14

Feast of Maximilian Kolbe

Deuteronomy 10:12-22  (My experience in Auschwitz)

Psalm 147 Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

Matthew 17:22-27   See essay on p. 170 Magnificat (faith)

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August 11

for Sunday, August 13 the 19th Sunday in Ord.Time

1Kings 19:9, 11-13

Psalm 85  Lord, let us see your kindness

Romans 9:1-5  

Matthew 14:22-33  

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August 10

Martyrs and faith

2Cor. 9:6-10

Psalm 112  Blessed the man who is gracious and lends

John 12:24-26

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August 9

Feast of St. Theresa Benedicta

Numbers 13:1-2,25-14:1 26, 29, 34-35

Psalm 106  Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people

Matthew 15:21-28

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August 8

Feast of St. Dominic

Numbers 12:1-13

Psalm 51  Be merciful O God for we have sinned

Matthew 14:22-36

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August 7

Living faith

Numbers 11:4-15

Psalm 81  Sing with joy to God our help

Matthew 14:13-21

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August 4

for Sunday, August 6th Theme: Feast of the Transfiguration

Daniel 7,9-10, 13-14

Psalm 97  The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth

2Peter 1:16-19

Matthew 17:1-9  

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August 3

Our lack of faith

Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38

Psalm 84  How lovely is your dwelling place

Matthew 13:47-53

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August 2

Orient your daily life to Him

Ex. 34:29-35

Psalm 99 Holy is the Lord our God

Matthew 13: 44-46

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August 1

Ears to hear

Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9,28

Psalm 103  The Lord is kind and merciful

Matthew 13:36-43

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July 31

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Exodus: 32:15-24, 30-34

Psalm 106  Give thanks to the Lord…

Matthew 13:31-35

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July 28

for Sunday, July 30 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 3:5, 7-12 (Prayer to know right from wrong)

Psalm 119  Lord, I love your commands…

Romans 8:28-30  love God; called according to HIS purpose…

Matthew 13:44-52

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July 27

What makes one pure of heart?

Exodus 19:1-2. 9-11, 16-20

Dn 3 Glory and praise forever

Matt. 13:10-17  purity of heart and intention; give up jealousy, hatred

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July 26

Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear…

Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15  (feast of St. Joachim and Anne)

Psalm 78 The Lord gave them bread from heaven

Matt 13:1-9Cultivate ability to hear when/God speaks: sin, quiet, reading of the word

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July 25

Come to serve, not to be served

2Cor. 4:7-15

Psalm 126  Those who sow in tears…

Matthew 20:20-28 

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July 24

Put all your trust in Him!

Exodus 14:5-18

Responsorial psalm Exodus 15

Matthew 12:38-42  See pages 138-140  Father Simon

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July 21

for Sunday July 23—16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Psalm 86 Lord, you are good and forgiving

Romans 8:26-27     Matthew 13:24-43  The smallest of all the seeds—the mustard seed—how deep is your faith?

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July 20

The Lord is Faithful

Exodus 3:13-20

Psalm 105  The Lord remembers His covenant forever

Matthew 11:28-30

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July 19

Who am I that I should go…Humility of Moses

Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-11

Psalm 103  The Lord is kind and merciful

Matthew 11:25-27

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July 18

Source of a loss of faith (lack of gratitude&obedience)

Exodus 2:1-15  Psalm 69  Turn to the Lord in your need and you will live…

Matthew 11:20-24—More graces given and NOT responded to; little gratitude for the ways God has blessed us…

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July 17

Real faith in practice

See intro  p. 264  Exodus 1:8-14, 22

Psalm 124  Our help is in the name of the Lord

Matthew 10: 34-11:1

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July 14

for 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 55:10-11

Psalm 65  The seed that falls on good ground…

Romans 8:18-23

Matthew 13: 1-23  Hear the parable of the seed and the sower

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July 13

The kingdom is at hand

Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5

Psalm 105  Remember the marvels the Lord has done

Matthew 10:7-15

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July 12

God’s plan for Joseph

Genesis 41:55-57, 42: 5-7, 17-24

Psalm 33  Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you

Matthew 10:1-7

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July 11

Feast of St. Benedict

Genesis 32:23-33

Psalm 17  In justice I shall see your face

Matthew 9:32-38  The laborers are few…

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July 10

Faith

Genesis 28:10-22a

Psalm 91  In you, my God, I place my trust

Matthew 9:18-26

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July 7

For July 9--14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zechariah 9:9-20—His reign extends over all the earth

Psalm 145 I will praise your name forever, my king and my God

Romans 8:9, 11-13  Matthew 11:25-30  (Order book on Deeper Conversion)

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July 6

Faith put to the test before the hypocrites

Genesis 22:1-19

Psalm 115 I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living

Matthew 9:1-8

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July 5

Begging Jesus to leave—good idea?

Genesis 21:5, 8-20

Ps. 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor…

Matthew 8:28-34 –be humble to receive help

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July 4

July 4th Independence day

Prayer:  Father of all nations and ages… p. 67

Is. 9:1-6  Phil. 4:6-9

Palm 72: 2:3-4, 7-8, 11-12, 13-14

Matthew 5:1-12 (Culture coarse, even violent, hatred, injustice) 

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July 3

Feast of St. Thomas

Eph. 2:19-22

Psalm 117 Go out to all the world and tell the Good News

John 20:24-29

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June 30

for Sunday July 2 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2Kings 4:8-11, 14-16

Psalm 89 Forever I will sing…Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Matthew 10:37-44  pp. 611-612 Fr. Simon Fire of Mercy; Heart of the Word

Read my latest booklet: The Mercy of God and the Joy Repentance Brings

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June 29

Sts. Peter and Paul

Acts 12:1-11

Psalm 34  The angel of the lord will rescue those who fear Him

Tim 4:6-8, 17-18  Recommend Eph. 3:14-19  Romans 8  

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June 28

Faith and Obedience

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Psalm 105  The Lord remembers His covenant forever

Matthew 7:15-20   (See Sr. Wendy  p. 413  Magnificat)

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June 27

Understand the sacredness of your call

Genesis 13:2,5-18

Psalm 15  He who does justice shall live in the presence of the Lord

Matthew 7:6, 12-14   See pp. 293-294  Father Simon

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June 26

Power of faith

Genesis 12:1-9    (Read poem of Fr. Killian)

Psalm 33 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be His own

Matthew 7:1-5  Read Fr. Simon  Volume 1, p. 289

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June 23

for Sunday June 25, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer. 20:10-13

Psalm 69  Lord, in your great love, answer me

Romans 5:12-15

Matthew 10:26-33

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June 22

Genuine motivation—what does it look like?

2Cor. 11:1-11

Psalm 111 Your works O Lord, are justice and truth

Matthew 6:7-15

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June 21

God’s provision for us

2Cor. 9:6-11

Psalm 112  Blessed the man who fears the Lord

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18  p. 243

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June 20

Genuineness of Love?

2Cor. 8:1-9

Psalm 146  Praise the Lord my soul

Matthew 5:43-48

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June 19

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

see More of H.S. on pages 89-92)

2Corinthians 6:1-10  Psalm 98  The Lord has made known His salvation

Matthew 5:38-42 Forgiveness  See Fr. Simon  p. 234-5  Carry over…

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June 16

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood/Christ

Deut. 8:2-3, 14-16  Ps, 147 Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

1Corinthians 10:16-17—The cup of blessing and Sequence: Laud, O Zion

John 6:51-58   Read Jennifer Hubbard’s meditation, p. 279 

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June 15

Simple, clear, repentance and clarity

2Cor. 3:15—4:1, 3-6

Psalm 85  The glory of God will dwell in our land

Matthew 5:20-26  See p. 223 Father Simon: The Christian sacrifice of praise cannot occur at arm’s length

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June 14

Give yourself that Christ may fulfill His promises, in part, in you

2Cor. 3:4-11   Psalm 99 Holy is the Lord our God

Matthew 5:17-19

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June 13

To be salt and light to the world

1Cor. 1:18-22

Psalm 119  Lord, let your face shine on me

Matthew 5:13-16  Salt and light  P. 205  Father Simon

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June 12

Identification with Christ

2Cor. 1:1-7

Psalm 34  Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

Matthew 5:1-12 the Blessed, Fortunate= Beatitudes, see p. 183  Merikakis

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June 9

For Sunday, June 11, Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9

Dn 3  Glory and praise for ever

2Cor. 13:11-13

John 3: 16-18  

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June 8

Faith and love

Tobit 6:10-11, 7:ibede,9-17, 8:1-9

Psalm 128  Blessed are those who fear the Lord

Mark 12:28-34

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June 7

True repentance

Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17…and the power of prayer

Psalm 25  To you O Lord, I lift my soul

Mark 12:18-27—Here, again, the question of faith: Do I believe?

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June 6

Am I obedient?

Tobit 2:9-14

Psalm 112  The heart of the just one is firm, trusting…

Mark 12:13-17

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June 5

Fear of the Lord—a great gift!

Tobit  1:3; 3:1-8

Psalm 112  Blessed the man who fears the Lord

Mark 12:1-12  Urge More of the Holy Spirit

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June 2

for Sunday—June 4th Feast: Readings for Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11

Psalm 104:  Lord, Send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!

1 Cor. 12:3b -7, 12-13   Sequence: Come, Holy Spirit, come!

John 20:19-23

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June 1

Selfish and unselfish love

Acts 22:30, 23:6-11

Psalm 16:1-2, 5,7-8, 9-10,11

John 17:20-26—May all be one, Father—need for repentance where we have sown division

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May 31

Visitation

Zephaniah 3: 14-18—care for one another

Romans 12:9-16 –love as Christ loved

Luke 1:39-56  Mary’s gift/ability to praise God

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May 30

Relationship and call!

Acts 20:17-27

Psalm 68  Sing to God O Kingdoms of the earth

John 17:1-11

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May 29

What God has given us!

Acts 19:1-8  Baptism of repentance and Baptism where the fruit of Jesus death on the cross imparts new life to us  and Psalm 68

John 16:19-23  Christ IS our peace   

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May 26

for Sunday May 28 Celebration of the Ascension

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47  God mounts his throne with shouts of joy…

Ephesians 1:17-23

Matthew 28:16-20  I am with you always!

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May 25

God is with His people—Ascension transferred (Sunday)

Acts 18:1-8

Psalm 98  The Lord has revealed…His saving power

John 16:16-20

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May 24

The spirit of Truth

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1

Psalm 148  Heaven and earth are full with your glory

John 16:12-15

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May 23

The Lord provides and saves His people

Acts 16:22-34

Psalm 138  Your right hand saves me, O Lord

John 16:5-11

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May 22

The Lord loves His people

(mention Ascension Thursday(May 25 and Pentecost (June 4)

Acts 16:11-15           Psalm 149—The Lord takes delight in his people

John 15: 26-16:4  

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May 19

For May 21—6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

Psalm 8  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy

1Peter 3:15-18

John 14:15-21

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May 18

Love God’s law and obey but don’t make it an idol

Acts 15:7-21

Psalm 96  Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations…

John 15:9-11  Live in the love of God

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May 17

Without me you can do nothing

Acts 15:1-6

Psalm 122 Let us go rejoicing…

John 15:1-8

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May 16

Willingness to share in the suffering of Christ

Acts 14:19-28

Psalm 145  Your friends make known, O Lord, the splendor of your kingdom

John 14:27-31

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May 15

Focus on God not self

Acts 14:5-18

Psalm 115  Not to us, O Lord, but to your name be the glory

John 14:21-26  whoever loves me will keep my word—see also Acts 3:6-10

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May 12

for Sunday May 14 5th Sunday OF Easter

FATIMA (1st five min. words of Mary-final bat.); final battle; then--Acts 6:1-7

Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you! Ps. 33

1Peter 2:4-9

John 14:1-12  (Spoken to each of us)

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May 11

The receiving of God

Acts 13:13-25

Psalm 89  Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord

John 13:16-20

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May 10

They laid down their lives

Acts 12:24-13:5a

Psalm 67  O God let all the nations praise you

John 12:44-50  Look at Jesus’ obedience to the Father

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May 9

Follow the Good Shepherd’s voice

Acts 11:19-26

Psalm 87 all you nations, praise the Lord

John 10:22-30  Hear Jesus on forgiveness  Read from Magnificat again…

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May 8

The Good Shepherd

Acts 11:1-18  Jew and Gentile

Psalms 42-43

John 10:11-18

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May 5

for Sunday May 7, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 36-41

Psalm 23  The Lord is my Shepherd

1Peter 2:20-25

John 10:1-10   See John Paul, p. 101 Magnificat

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May 4

Let all the earth cry out to God with Joy

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 66 Let all the earth cry out to God with Joy

John 6:44-51

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May 3

Sts. Philip and James

Corinthians 15:1-8

Psalm 19  Their message goes out through all the earth

John 14:6-14

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May 2

St. Athanasius

Acts 7:51-8:1

Psalm 51  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit

John 6:30-35  Everything we truly need is found in Him

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May 1

St. Joseph the Worker

Acts 6:8-15

Psalm 119  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord

John 6:22-29

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April 28

for Sunday, April 30 Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-33

Psalm 16  Lord, you will show us the path of life

1Peter 1:17-21  faith is imperishable because it is founded on the risen Christ

Luke 24:13-35

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April 27

He does not ration the gift of the Holy Spirit

Acts 5:27-33

Psalm 34  The lord hears the cry of the poor

John 3:31-36

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April 26

Do I prefer darkness?

Acts 5:17-26

Psalm 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor

John 3:16-21

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April 25

Feast of St. Mark

1Peter 5:5-14  (see Intro)

Psalm 89  Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord

Mark 16:15-20   

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April 24

The power of God’s love for us

Note Opening prayer p. 262       Acts 4:23-31   See also p.255 Magnificat—Mercy  Psalm 2  Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord!

John 3:1-8   Baptism and confirmation  (baptism in the Holy Spirit)

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April 21

for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23

Acts 2:42-47  Unity born from the pierced side of Christ

Psalm 118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love everlasting!

Peter 1:3-9  In His mercy He gave us a new birth…

John 20:19-31  

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April 20

The Eucharist

Acts 3:11-26—Turn from your evil ways

Psalm 8  How wonderful is your Name in all the earth!

Luke 24:15-48

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April 19

Revelation on the road to Emmaus

Acts 3:1-10

Psalm 105  Rejoice O hearts that seek the Lord

Luke 24:13-35 power of the Eucharist

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April 18

God’s grace at work; power of the resurrection

Acts 2:36-41

Psalm 33 The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

John 20:11-18  Mary Magdalene—one of the first to announce the Good News

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April 17

He is Risen! The witnesses speak

Acts 2:14, 22-33  

Psalm 16:  Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope

Matthew 28:8-15Attempts by Satan the Father of Lies to confuse, deny…

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April 14

The death of Jesus

Is. 52: 13-53:12 and Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, p. 141. Then read passion…

The quiet, the waiting, the despair, the hope…

Mary Magdalene rises before it is light and came to the tomb…They have taken him; “Mary!” “Rabboni” —they saw and believed; Mt. 28:1-10 (p. 240 of Holy Week booklet) or p. 179 (April 2017)

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April 13

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

Psalm 116 Our blessing cup…1Cor. 11:23-26

John 11:1-15

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April 12

Have we not betrayed Him too?

Isaiah 50:4-9

Psalm 69  Lord, in your great love, answer me

Matthew 26: 14-25 

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April 11

Faith in Jesus Christ

Isaiah 49:1-6

Psalm 71  I will sing of your salvation  --God is our refuge

John 13:21-33, 36-38  See also p. 63

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April 10

Real faith and that of the scribes/disciples

Is. 42:1-7

Psalm 27  The Lord is my light and my salvation

John 12:1-11  rash judgment can result in death—reputation/physical death

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April 7

For Sunday April 9 Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-7  Psalm 22  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Philippians 2:6-11

Matthew 26:14-27:66  How deep is you faith  See Francis de Sales, Magnificat, pp. 42-43

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April 6

What is the level of your faith?

Genesis 17:3-9  (covenant)

Psalm 105  The Lord remembers his covenant forever

John 8:51-59—He who keeps my word will never see death…See also p. 93

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April 5

In Christ we can be free…

Daniel 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95   (a kind of conversion)

Responsorial psalm  (Daniel 3)

John 8:31-42  (lack of faith—pride based on family lines)

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April 4

Is our faith alive?

Numbers 21:4-9 Complaint

Psalm 102  O Lord hear my prayer…

John 8:21-30  If you do not believe who I am you will die in your sins…

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April 3

Sin and virtue in combat

Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62

Psalm 23-

John 8:1-11—God always looks at the intention; the heart of the person

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March 31

for April 2, 2017 5th Sunday of Lent

Ez. 37:12-14; Ps. 130 With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption

Romans 8:8  

John 11:1-45

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March 30

Power of Intercession

Exodus 32:7-14

Psalm 106  Remember us Lord as you favor your people…

John 5:31-47

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March 29

I do not seek my own will

Isaiah 49:8-15

Psalm 145  The Lord is gracious and merciful

John 5:17-30

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March 28

How clear is my spiritual vision?

Ez. 47:1-9, 12

Psalm 46  The Lord of hosts is with us…

John 5:1-16  Get so caught up in our own agendas that we can’t see Christ

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March 27

Signs of the life to come

Isaiah 65 : 17-21

Psalm 30  I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me

John 4:43-54  Jesus is everything for us

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March 24

The Annunciation and Fourth Sunday of Lent

Read meditation on Annunciation, p. 364  Then1Samuel 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13

Psalm 23 Eph. 5: 8-14;

John 9:1-41  Struggling w/ miracles when faith is weak or nonexistent

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March 23

To conquer the enemy

Jeremiah 7:23-28  Listen to my voice

Psalm 95  If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts

Luke 11:14-23  Spiritual warfare—recommend Be Strong in the Lord

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March 22

Live and teach the truth

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9—teach the truth…

Psalm 147  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem

Matthew 5:17-19

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March 21

Giving and receiving forgiveness-essential

Daniel 3:25-43  Azariah is about to be burned to death and he trust God…

Psalm 25  remember your mercies O Lord…

Matthew 18:21-35  See also Magnificat, p.314-15

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March 20

Feast of St. Joseph

John 4:5-42—For Monday’s program  mercy and my food is to do the will…

2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16

Psalm 89  The son of David will live forever

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24   See intro p. 298-99

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March 17

for Sunday March 19 Theme: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Ex. 17:3-7  (Note: feast  Joseph—moved to the 20th)

Psalm 95  If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8  Hope does not disappoint!  While we were still sinners

John 4:5-42—For Monday’s program  mercy and my food is to do the will…

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March 16

Look for Him in others

Jeremiah 17:5-10

Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord…

Luke 16:19-31  See Father Donald Haggerty, p. 248-49

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March 15

Save me, O Lord, in your kindness

Jeremiah 18:18-20

Psalm 31  Save me, O Lord, in your kindness

Matthew 20:17-28

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March 14

Come, let us set things right/pride and humility

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

Psalm 50 To the upright I will show the saving power of God

Matthew 23:1-12

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March 13

Rebellion, Sin and Forgiveness

Announcements on approach to Lent and prayer—decisions

Daniel 9:4-10

Psalm 79  Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins

Luke 6: 36-38     Go after one sin; once one sin is subdued, gets easier

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March 10

for March 12—2nd Sunday of Lent

Genesis 12:1-4

Psalm 33  Lord, let your mercy be on us…

Timothy 1:8-10

Matthew 17:1-9 See also The Transfiguration…p. 167-8 

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March 9

Trust in the Lord

Book of Esther  C12, 14-16, 23-25

Psalm 138  Lord, on the day I called, you answered me

Matthew 7:7-12  See Sr. Ruth Burrows, p. 127-28

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March 8

What is a contrite heart?

Jonah 3:1-10  genuine repentance and God heard…

Psalm 51  A heart contrite and humbled, O God you will not spurn

Luke 11:29-32—Genuine repentance

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March 7

Sts. Perpetua and Lucy

Isaiah 55: 10-11  the power of the word

Psalm 34  From all their distress, the Lord rescues the just

Matthew 6:7-15

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March 6

Live a holy life!

Leviticus 19:1-2. 11-18

Psalm 19  Your words, Lord, are spirit and life

Matthew 25:31-46

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March 3

for Sun. March 5 Theme: First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7

Psalm 51:3-4,5-6, 12-13, 17  Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11 Dependence on God or on self?

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March 2

Will you follow Him?

Dt. 30:15-20

Psalm 1:1-2,3,4 and 6  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Luke 9:22-25

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March 1

Ash Wednesday

JL 2:12-18

Psalm 513-4,5-6, 12-13, 14, 17  Be merciful O Lord, for we have sinned…make one decision Now is the day of salvation         2 Cor. 5:20-6:2

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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February 28

Have you given up everything to follow Christ?

Sirach 35:1-12   Desires, hopes, dreams?

Psalm 50  To the Upright I will show the saving power of God

Mark 10:28-31

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February 27

Be free to serve

Sirach 17:20-24

Psalm 32  Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord

Mark 10:17-27  To make the decisions that set you free

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February 24

for Feb. 26 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 49:14-15

Psalm 62  Rest in God alone, my soul

1Corinthians 4:1-5

Matthew 6:24-34—We cannot serve two masters

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February 23

St. Polycarp

See intro  p. 333   Sirach 5:1-8

Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Mark 9:41-50

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February 22

Chair of St. Peter

See Intro  p. 323  1 Peter 5:1-4

Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd…

Matthew 16:13-19  Who do you say that I am?

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February 21

Do whatever He tells you!

Sirach 2:1-11

Psalm 37  Commit your life to the Lord, and He will help you

Mark 9:30-37

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February 20

Faith, dependence on God and the power of prayer

Sirach 1:1-10  Learning God’s priorities through prayer…

Psalm 93  The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty

Mark 9:14-29

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February 17

for Sun. Feb. 19 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

Psalm 103  The Lord is kind and merciful

1Corinthians 3:16-23  We are temples of God—do we know that?

Matthew 5:38-48  Jesus “ups the ante”:  Love your enemies

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February 16

Who do YOU say that I am?

Genesis 9:1-13—a covenant with God…

Psalm 102  From heaven the lord looks down

Mark 8:27-33

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February 15

God blesses our trust

See Entrance Antiphon and opening prayer Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22

Psalm 116  To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise

Mark 8:22-26

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February 14

May we grasp the words of your teaching

Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10

Psalm 29  The Lord will bless His people with peace

Mark 8:14-21—always relating first to what physical senses tell us; how to grow in faith…

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February 13

Always seeking; never believing…without proof

Genesis 4:1-15, 25  Cain and Abel

Psalm 50  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise

Mark 8:11-13

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February 10

for Sunday, Feb. 12 Theme:6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Read collect. P. 166   Sirach 15:15-20

Psalm 119  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord

1Cor. 2:6-10…what God has prepared for those who love Him!

Matthew 5:17-37

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February 9

Faith

Genesis 2:18-25

Psalm 128  Blessed are those who fear the Lord

Mark 7:24-30  Tested her faith  Gospel of Mark, Healy, pp. 144-145

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February 8

Josephine Bakhita

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17  Creation:  God’s law and our response

Psalm 104  O, Bless the Lord, my soul

Mark 7:14-23  What comes out of a man defiles him—see St. Josephine

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February 7

Their hearts are far from me

Genesis 1:20-2:4

Psalm 8  O Lord our God how wonderful is your name in all the earth

Mark 7:1-13

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February 6

Disordered affection

Genesis 1:1-19

Psalm 104 May the Lord be glad in His works

Mark 6:53-56 See Magnificat pp. 94-5

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February 3

for Sunday, February 5:Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 58:7-10 and Psalm 112 The just man is a light in the darkness to the upright

1Corinthians 2:1-5

Matthew 5:13-16

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February 2

Feast of the Presentation

Malachi 3:1-4

Psalm 24  Who is this King of Glory?

Hebrews 2:14-18  Luke 2:22-40

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February 1

How deep is your faith?

Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15  

Psalm 103  The Lord’s kindness…Mark 6:1-6  Amazed at their lack of faith

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January 31

St. John Bosco

Hebrews 12:1-4

Psalm 22 They will praise you, Lord, who long for you

Mark 5:21-43

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January 30

Do His will; put ALL your trust in Him

Hebrews 11:32-40

Psalm 31 Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord

Mark 5:1-20    Do what God wills

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January 27

for Sunday, January 29 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13  Humility, justice and truth

Psalm 146  Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!

1Cor. 1:26-31 God chose the weak of the world…

Matthew 5:1-12

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January 26

Do God’s will

Paul to Timothy 1:1-8 and Paul to Titus 1:1-5

Psalm 96  Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the Nations

Luke 10:1-9  

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January 25

The Conversion of St. Paul

Acts 22:3-16  (Read also Acts 9:1-22)

Psalm 117Go out to all the world and tell the Good news

Mark 16:15-18—power of God for conversion—who do you pray for?

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January 24

Your will, not mine, be done!! Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Hebrews 10:1-10  I come to do your will…Psalm 40 Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will

Mark 3:31-35 whoever does the will of God…can mature into a deep relationship with God

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January 23

Day of Prayer for legal Protection of the unborn

Hebrews 9:15, 24-28   (power of prayer) in Christ

Psalm 98  Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous deeds

Mark 3:22-30 strong man defends the home, etc. (work of evil; work of God)

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January 20

for January 22, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 8:23-9:3

Psalm 27  The Lord is my light and my salvation

1Cor, 1:10-13, 17

Matthew 4:12-23  See JPII, p.318-19 Magnificat Mag.

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January 19

I come to do your will, not mine

Hebrews 7:25-8:6—Speaking of Jesus

Psalm 40 Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will

Mark 3:7-12  WORK OF THE ENEMY  p.278-79  Recommend Be Strong…CD

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January 18

Jesus’ healing met by hardness of heart

See opening prayer  Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 

Psalm 110  You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

Mark 3:1-6  How about us?

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January 17

Jesus is LORD!

Hebrews 6:10-20  Hope an anchor of the soul (confident assurance in Christ)

Psalm 111 The Lord will remember His covenant forever

Mark 2:23-28

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January 16

Old wineskins—new wine?

Hebrews 5:1-10  Jesus’ intercession

Psalm 110  You are a priest forever…

Mark 2:18-22  We need to be made new in Christ.  Is He central in your life?

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January 13

for Jan. 15 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 49:3, 5-6

Psalm 40  Do you reject what the Lord asks?

1Cor. 1:1-3  Called to be holy

John 1:29-34—I am living as I am to proclaim Christ?  Do I? Do we?

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January 12

God desires to heal us and we shun Him

Hebrews 3:7-14 

Psalm 95  If today you hear his voice…

Mark 1:40-45—leprosy in our minds and souls…See p. 160

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January 11

God’s love

Hebrews 2:14-18

Psalm 105  The Lord remembers His covenant forever

Mark 1:29-39  

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January 10

Let the word of God…

Hebrews 1:1-6 and Hebrews 2:5-12 

Psalm 8  You have given your son rule over the works of your hands

Mark 1: 21-28  Father Dajczer  pp. 138-139  Magnificat

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January 9

The Baptism of the Lord

Entrance antiphon  p. 122 and opening prayers

Is. 42:1-4, 6-7   Psalm 29  The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Matthew 3:13-17 See Merikakis; Bede Jarrett p. 127

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January 6

Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 8th)

See Pope Benedict’s intro p. 109  Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you!

Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 revelation to you!! 

Matthew 2:1-12—Magi—longing, found Him, protected Him, adored Him

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January 5

Faith of John Neumann

John 3:11-21  love so essential to the Christian life

Psalm 100  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy

John 1:43-51—Again, proclamation of who Jesus is!!

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January 4

Draw closer to Jesus

1John 3:7-10  mention ongoing sin/ongoing temptation

Psalm 98  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God

John 1:35-42 

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January 3

Holy Name of Jesus

1John 2:29-3:6

Psalm 98  All the ends of the earth…

John 1:29-34   (Speak of Phil 2:3-11 and Phil. 3: 7-11—faith!)

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January 2

Faith

John 2:22-28  How deep is your faith in Christ? Do something about it…

Psalm 98 All the ends of the earth have seen…

John 1:19-28—Make straight our lives—intention and purpose

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2016

December 30

New Year’s Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)

Numbers 6:22-27   Psalm 67 May God bless us in His mercy

Gal. 4:4-7

Luke 2:16-21  Mary and God’s will  Available books

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December 29

Let the earth rejoice

1John 2:3-11

Psalm 96 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice

Luke 2:22-35

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December 28

The Holy Innocents

John 1:5-2:2--repentance

Psalm 124  Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare

Matthew 2:13-18

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December 27

Feast of St. John

1John 1;1-4 (seeing him, touching him…)

Psalm 97  Rejoice in the Lord you just…

John 20: 1, 2-8  See Pope Benedict’s meditation  p. 412

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December 26

Feast of St. Stephen

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59—Suffering as a Christian

Psalm 31  O Lord, I commend my spirit

Matthew 10: 17-22 Refer to Deeper Conversion

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December 23

Christmas

See Isaiah 9:1-6 and Paul to Titus 2:11-14  (Midnight Mass)

Is. 62:11-12—God’s goodness to us

John 1:1-18  & Fr. Cameron’s prayer  p. 380  See about D.C.

My Prayer for all of you!

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December 22

Light/beauty/joy

1Samuel 1:24-28 

1Sam 2 My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior

Luke 1:46-56  The beauty of Mary’s Magnificat

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December 21

The lavish love/mercy of God

Song of Songs 2:8-14/Zephaniah 3:14-18

Psalm 33 exult you just in the Lord!...  (re;  Deeper Conversion)

Luke 1:39-45(Read from Ben. XVI Coworkers of the Truth)

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December 20

Call of God

Isaiah 7:10-14

Psalm 24  Let the Lord enter; He is the King of glory

Luke 1:26-38  Submission of will to God   see. p. 299-300

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December 19

Wait in hope and expectation

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25

Psalm 71  My mouth shall be filled with your praise

Luke 1:5-25 John the Baptist; available books-purchase?  Deeper Con. (web)

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December 16

For Sunday December 18 4th Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-14   O Antiphons

Psalm 24 Let the Lord enter; He is the king of glory

Romans 1:1-7—called to belong to Jesus Christ (renewalmin.net slash FFJ)

Matthew 1:18-24  see Magnificat  p. 278   Deeper Conversion (web site)

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December 15

Jesus as Savior!

Isaiah 54 :1-10

Psalm 30  I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me

Luke 7:14-30  John the messenger announces the coming of the Lord

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December 14

Saint John of the Cross

Isaiah 45: 6-8, 18, 21-25  (refer to books available: web, phone, bookstore

Psalm 85  Let the clouds reign down the just One and bring forth a savior

Luke 7:18-23 Booklet as Christmas/N.Y. gift?web See also Deeper Conversion

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December 13

Faith and humility

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13

Psalm 34—The Lord hears the cry of the poor

Matthew 21:28-32

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December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zechariah 2:14-17  and Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10

Psalm  (Judith 13)  You are the highest honor of our race

Luke 1:26-38/ Luke 1:39-47

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December 9

For December 11 Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-6, 10

Psalm 146  Lord, come and save us

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

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December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Genesis 3:9-15, 20

Psalm 98 sing to the Lord a new song

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Luke 1:26-38

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December 7

St. Nicholas and St. Ambrose

Isaiah 40:25-31

Psalm 103  Bless the Lord O My Soul!

Matthew 11:28-30

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December 6

The Lord’s desire to save us

Isaiah 40:1-11  The Lord comes to save

Psalm 96  The Lord our God comes with Power

Matthew 18:12-14  See also Dajczer, Tadeusz ,  p. 89 Magnificat

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December 5

Be a friend of those with a journey to make

Isaiah 35:1-10 Be strong; fear not…urged on by a generous love

Psalm 85  Our God will come to save us!

Luke 5:17-26     See also Mother Mary Francis p. 77, Magnificat

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December 2

2nd Sunday of Advent: The Actual Disposition of the one who receives

Isaiah 11:1-10  Justice and peace;   Psalm 72  Justice shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace forever

Romans 15:4-9   Matthew 3:1-12

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December 1

How do I keep faith?

Isaiah 26:1-6  Keep faith. Trust in the Lord forever

Psalm 118  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Matthew 7:21, 24-27

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November 30

Do I really hear?

Romans 10: 9-18

Psalm 19  The judgments of the lord are true and all of them are just and they give life!

Matthew 4:18-22—leave everything behind to follow Him—what in your life hinders your life with Christ?  1) our own sins 2) some ambitions…

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November 29

Again, the gift of faith

Isaiah 11:1-10—The peace Christ brings

Psalm 72  Justice shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace…

Luke 10:21-24—It takes faith to be childlike…

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November 28

Real faith

Isaiah 4:2-6  Repentance is needed

Psalm 122  Let us go rejoicing…

Matthew 8:5-11  read Sr. Ruth’s section on faith!!

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November 25

for Sunday, Nov. 27 1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-8   (Recommend Advent readings—preparation/one thing)

Psalm 122 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

Romans 13:11-14

Matthew 24:37-44--- awake from the sleep of sin, of indifference

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November 24

Thanksgiving and Recognition of our times

See Sirach 50:22-24

1Cor. 1:3-9

Luke 17:11-19  or Luke 21:20-28

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November 23

A time of testing

See Entrance antiphon:  Revelation 15:1-4

Psalm 98:  Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God

Luke 21:12-19

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November 22

When the Lord judges, where will you be?

Revelation 14:14-19

Psalm 96  The Lord comes to judge the earth

Luke 21:5-11

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November 21

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple

Revelation 14:1-3, 4-5

Psalm 24  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face

Luke 21:1-4  We think we see but do not…

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November 18

for Sunday, Nov. 20: Feast of Christ the King

2Samuel 5:1-3

Psalm 122  let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord

Col. 1:12-20

Luke 23:35-43  Reading of St. Augustine  End of Year of Mercy(next Sun. begins Advent)

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November 17

Recognize the time of your visitation

Revelation 5:1-10

Psalm 149  The lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God

Luke 19: 41-44  Ruth Burrows reflection on faith

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November 16

Worship of God should lead to holiness

Rev. 4:1-11

Psalm 150  Holy, Holy Mighty God

Luke 19:11-28  The Holy Door  p. 294

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November 15

Mercy of God

Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22

Psalm 15  I will seat the victor beside me on my throne

Luke 19:1-10

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November 14

What do you want me to do for you?

Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5

Psalm 1

Luke 18:35-43

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November 11

for Nov. 13th 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Malachi 3:19-20   Psalm 98 The Lord comes to rule the world with justice

2Thess. 3:7-12 leaders as servants…

Luke 21:5-19Call to stand firm in persecution. (Elections, books to recommend)

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November 10

Love for one another

Philemon 7-20  

Psalm 146  Blessed is he whose is the God of Jacob

Luke 17:20-25  (elections)  (books to recommend)

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November 9

Do you honor the house of God and the Church?

Ez. 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12  (in 313 religious freedom granted to Christians

Psalm 46  The waters of the river gladden the city of God…

1Cor. 3:9-11, 16-17

John 2:13-22 

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November 8

To be God’s people-humility is needed

Titus 2:1-8, 11-14

Psalm 37  The salvation of the just comes from the lord

Luke 17:7-10 What role does pride play in your life?

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November 7

Forgiveness

Titus 1:1-9

Psalm 24  Lord this is the people that longs to see your face

Luke 17:1-6   See Fr. Cantalamessa—p. 111 pray for the elections

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November 4

for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov. 6)

Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

Ps. 17 Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full

2Thess. 2:16-3:5

Luke 20:27-38

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November 3

Joy

Philippians 3:3-8Whatever gain I had under the law, I count as loss…

Psalm 105 Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord

Luke 15:1-10  Ann Voskamp  p. 57 Magnificat

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November 2

Feast of All Souls

Wisdom 3:1-9  Pope Benedict—pp.39-40 Magnificat, Nov. 2016

Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd there is NOTHING I shall want

Romans 5:5-11 and/or 6: 6-9  John 6:37-40—Repentance and mercy

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November 1

Feast of All Saints

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 24 Lord, this is the people... (personal Relationship)John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12 (take a beatitude for the next year)

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October 31

Grow in unselfishness

Philippians 2:1-4

Psalm 131  In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Luke 14:12-14  Doing good but for selfish reasons…See M.T. meditation

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October 28

For Oct. 30-- 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 11: 22-12:2 Luke 19:1-10 All Zacchaeus needed was a face to face encounter…see p.411

Psalm 145 I will praise your name for ever…

2Thessalonians 1:11-2:2—We don’t know when but always be ready

Luke 19:1-10 All Zacchaeus needed was a face to face encounter…see p.411

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October 27

We are at war! (within ourselves)

Ephesians 6:10-20  (Mention CD)

Psalm 144 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Luke13:31-35 I yearned to gather you…”

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October 26

Do the will of God from the heart!

Ephesians 6:1-9—Care in all relationships

Psalm 145 The Lord is faithful in all his words

Luke 13:22-30 Take this Gospel quite seriously; “but we went to Church/mtgs /fundraisers/collection, etc. etc… Read Ruth Burrows, p. 364

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October 25

Fear the Lord; reverence one another

Ephesians 5:21-33

Psalm 128: Blessed are those who fear the Lord; learn from scrip. Not NBC…

Luke 13:18-21 (Mustard seed of your marriage; other relationships)

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October 24

Serve the true God

Ephesians 4: 32-5: 8

Psalm 1 Don’t worship false gods…receive the blessing of the true God

Luke 13:10-17—Care for NEEDS of others (not lesser desires) on Sabbath

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October 21

St. John Paul; Sunday: 30th Sunday in O.T.

Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18

Psalm 34 The Lord hears the cry of the poor

2Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 

Luke 18:9-14 Live in the truth!  Able, then, to receive the grace of God

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October 20

St. Paul of the Cross

See Intro on p. 291

Ephesians 3:14-21

Psalm 33 The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

Luke 12:49-53 division is possible over Christ..  God’s will and divisions…

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October 19

Feast of Sts. John de Brebeuf & Isaac Jogues

Opening prayer and  Ephesians 3:2-12

Is. 12 You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation

Luke 12:39-48 (Think of what the brothers overcame to preach to Iroquois)

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October 18

Feast of St. Luke

2Tim. 4:10-17

Psalm 145 Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of…

Luke 10:1-9

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October 17

God loves and is faithful-- even when we sin!

Ephesians 2: 1-10

Psalm 100 The Lord made us; we belong to Him!

Luke 12;13-21 In whom do you put your trust—money, power, God?

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October 14

Sun. Oct. 16—29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex.17:8-13—Help and support one another in trial by presence and prayer

Psalm 121 Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth

Timothy 3:14-4:2  Be patient and persevere in what you have been taught…

Luke 18:1-8  honest and faithful; never stop asking—perseverance in the right eventually wins

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October 13

Motive for living my faith

Eph. 1:1-10  Christ’s blessings

Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation

Luke 11:47-54-take care that you do not become a Pharisee—obed. to letter

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October 12

Humility

Galatians 5:18-25

Psalm 1  Those who follow you will have the light of life

Luke 11:42-46 Pharisaism (note last paragraph, p. 165 Seek the mercy of God)

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October 11

St. John XXIII

Galatians 5:1-6 faith through love

Psalm 119  Let your mercy come to me, O Lord

Luke 11:37-41  Need to face yourself to repent…mercy

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October 10

Don’t submit to slavery

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1

Psalm 113  Blessed be the name of the Lord forever

Luke 11:29-32  See Father Bede Jarrett  p. 143

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October 7

Our Lady of the Rosary and Sun. Oct. 9: 28th Sunday in O.T.

2Kings 5:14-17

Psalm 98 The Lord has revealed to the nations His saving power

Timothy 2:8-13

Luke 17:11-19 gratitude and access to free booklet on web site or phone

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October 6

St. Rose and faith

Galatians 3:1-5

Luke 11  Responsorial psalm:  Blesses be the Lord, the God of Israel

Luke 11:5-13---power of prayer to overcome obstacles!

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October 5

Living as a true Christian—word and service

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14  (appropriate correction—give AND receive)

Psalm 117  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News

Luke 11:1-4  What about making a decision re: Lord’s prayer and you…)

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October 4

His love and mercy toward us

Gal. 1:13-24

Psalm 139 Guide me Lord along the everlasting way—(Remind booklet)

Luke 10:38-42  (Do we spend time serving others but not giving God His due?)

See Father Tadeusz Daiczer  p. 48  

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October 3

The mercy of God and ours?

(See Father Tadeusz Dajczer  p. 48)    Galatians 1:6-12

Psalm 111  The Lord will remember his covenant forever

Luke 10:25-37   Stress the mercy of God and our call…

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September 30

for Sunday, October 2, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 Care for the vineyard of your mind and heart

Psalm 95 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Tim. 1:6-8, 13-14 Go to website, Radio, ffj and get free booklet on mercy.

Luke 17:5-10  

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September 29

Feast of the Archangels:Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

(See opening prayer) and then,  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm 138 In the sight of the angels, I will sing your praises

John 1:47-51

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September 28

Divest yourself of non-essentials to know Christ

Job 9:1-12, 141-16

Psalm 88 Let my prayer come before you, Lord

Luke 9:57-62  

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September 27

Will we follow Him, no matter what happens?

Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23

Psalm 88 Let my prayer come before you, Lord

Luke 9:51-56  See  Sr.Ruth Burrows, p. 384

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September 26

Whoever is not against you is for you

Job 1:16-22

Psalm 17  Incline your ear to me and hear my word

Luke 9:46-50  How do you find Christ in others?

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September 23

for Sept. 25th ( 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Amos 6:1, 4-7

Psalm 146  Praise the Lord, my soul

1Timothy 6:11-16

Luke 16:19-31  DO WE LISTEN TO JESUS?  REALLY? DO WE OBEY?

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September 22

How to see Jesus

Ecc. 1:2-11

Psalm 90  In every age O Lord you have been our refuge

Luke 9:7-9

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September 21

Feast of St. Matthew

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13  The call is clear.  Is it to you?

Psalm 19 Their message goes out through all the earth

Matthew 9:9-13  Matthew’s experience of mercy…See Pope Francis p. 314

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September 20

Korean Martyrs

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13

Psalm 119  Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands

Luke 8:19-21  Would you be called a close friend of Jesus by your choices?

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September 19

How do you hear?

Proverbs 3:27-54

Psalm 15  The just one shall live on your holy Mountain

Luke 8:16-18  See excerpt from Hildegard of Bingen, p. 282  Magnificat

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September 16

For Sun. Sept. 18: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8:4-7

Psalm 113  Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor

1Timothy 2:1-8

Luke 16:1-13  Again, the tone of mercy rings clearly

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September 15

Our Lady of Sorrows

Hebrews 5:7-9

Psalm 31Save me, Lord, in your kindness; See the Stabat Mater

John 19:25-27/ Luke 2:33-35

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September 14

Triumph of the Cross

See Magnificat intro p. 183

Numbers 21:4-9   and Psalm 78

Philippians 2:6-11   and John 3:13-17  The power of the Cross

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September 13

Mercy of God

1Cor, 12 :12-14, 27-31

Psalm 100  We are His people, the sheep of His flock

Luke 7:11-17  See St. John Chrysostom  p. 175

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September 12

Holy Name of Mary

1Cor. 11:17-26, 33

Psalm 40  Proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes

Luke 7:1-10  How quick are we to obey God in Christ?

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September 9

24th Sun. in Ordinary Time

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14

Psalm 51  I will rise and go to my Father

1Timothy 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-32   (See To Be Like Jesus)  See also St. Ambrose, p. 153

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September 8

Birthday of Blessed Mother

See intro from Magnificat;  then: Micah 5:1-4

Psalm 13  With delight I rejoice in the Lord

Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

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September 7

The Gospel is very clear

1Cor. 7:25-31

Psalm 45 Listen to me…bend your ear

Luke 6:20-26

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September 6

Are the values of the Gospel molding your life or not?

1Cor. 6:1-11—Very clear conditions…

Psalm 119  The Lord takes delight in His people

Luke 6:12=19Why the power? Because He was one in His will with the Father

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September 5

Give up your pride and repent

1Cor. 5:1-8

Psalm 6  Lead me in your justice, Lord

Luke 6:6-11  The scribes and Pharisees “power” was threatened

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September 2

for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 4

Wisdom 9: 13-18

Psalm 90: 3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17  In every age you have been our refuge

Paul’s letter to Philemon 9-10, 12-17

Luke 14:25-33 

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September 1

Living in communion with God

1Corinthians 3:18-23

Psalm 24 1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Luke 5:1-11  Meditation—Anthony Bloom p. 433

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August 31

True life—dig deep or stay shallow

1Corinthians 3:1-9  what is first in thinking and prayer…?

Psalm 33  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be His own…

Luke 4:38-44  

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August 30

God’s will over mine

1 Cor. 2:10-16

Psalm 145  The Lord is just in all His ways

Luke 4:31-37

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August 29

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

Jeremiah 1:17-19

Psalm 71  I will sing your salvation

Mark 6:17-29  “He must increase and I must decrease" 

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August 26

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29

Psalm 68 God in your goodness..

Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-24

Luke 14: 1, 7-14

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August 25

Praise

1Cor. 1:1-9

Psalm 145  I will praise your name forever

Matthew 24:42-51

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August 24

Hypocrisy

Rev. 21: 9-14

Psalm 145  Your friends make known…

John 1:45-51

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August 23

Hypocrisy

2Thess. 2:1-3,14-17

Psalm 96  The Lord comes to judge…

Matthew 23:23-26 

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August 22

Faith

2Thess1:1-5, 11-12

Psalm 96  Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds…

Matthew 23:13-22

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August 19

For Aug. 21, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah  66:18-21

Ps. 117  Go out to all the world and tell the good news

Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

Luke 13:22-30

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August 18

The extravagance of God’s Love

Ez. 36:23-28

Psalm 51  I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins

Matt. 22:1-14  See pages 482-83  Merikakis

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August 17

The Love, the mercy of God

Ez. 34:1-11

Psalm 23  The LORD is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

Matthew 20:1-16—How merciful are you?

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August 16

Radical call; radical choices

Ez. 28:1-10

Dt. 32:  It is I who deal death and give life…

Mt. 19:23-30—See p. 181  Vol. 3 Merikakis

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August 15

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10ab

Psalm 45  The queen stands at your right hand, O Lord…

1Cor. 15:20-27

Luke 1:39-56  

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August 12

for Sun. Aug. 14 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer. 18:4-6, 8-10

Psalm 40  Lord, come to my aid

Hebrews 12:1-4

Luke 12:49-53  See Catherine of Siena  p.187-88

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August 11

St. Clare

Ez. 12:1-12

Psalm 78  Do not forget the works of the Lord

Matthew 18:21-19:1  See Merikakis p.644

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August 10

Humility(truth) and the fruit it produces

2Cor. 9:6-10  (feast of St. Lawrence)

Psalm 112  Blessed is the man who is gracious and lends to those in need

John 12:24-26   See Caryll Houselander, p. 138  Magnificat

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August 9

The heart of a child according to Scripture

Ez. 2:8-3:4—My own experience

Ps. 119  How sweet is my taste to your promise

Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14The problem of self-sufficiency & pride—see p.608 Mer.

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August 8

Discipleship and the Glory of God

Ez. 1:2-5, 24-28  Vision of the glory of the Lord

Psalm 148  Heaven and earth are filled with your glory

Matthew 17: 22-27  See Merikakis: Fire of Mercy  Heart of the Word

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August 5

for Sunday, August 7 19th Sunday in O.T.

Wisdom 18:6-9

Psalm 33  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be His own

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-10

Luke 12:32-48—The need always to be ready and waiting for the Lord

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August 4

Christ’s agenda; his priorities

Jer. 31:31-34

Psalm 51  Create a clean heart

Mt. 16:13-23

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August 3

A test of faith; are we becoming like Jesus?

Jer. 31:1-7

Jer.31:  The Lord will guard us as a Shepherd His flock

Matthew 15:21-28

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August 2

Follow Him! Build on Him!

Jeremiah 30: 1-2,12-15, 18-22

Psalm 102  The Lord will build up Zion again…

Matthew 14:22-36

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August 1

Do you trust the Lord?

Jeremiah 28:1-17

Psalm 119  Lord, teach me your statutes

Matthew 14:13-21

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July 29

Sunday, July 31-18th Sunday in O.T.

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23

Psalm 90  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Col. 3:1-5, 9-11 Put to death what is ungodly

Luke 12:13-21

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July 28

Faith and trust in God, not self

Jer. 18:1-6

Psalm 146  Blessed is He whose help is the God of Jacob

Matthew 13:47-53

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July 27

Trust in the Lord

Jer. 15:10, 16-21

Psalm 59  God is my refuge in the day of distress

Matthew 13:44-46—Have you chosen the kingdom of God as your home?

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July 26

Sts. Joachim and Anne

Jer. 14:17-22

Psalm 79  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us

Matthew 13:36-43

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July 25

Willing to serve rather than to be served

2Cor. 4:7-15 

Psalm 126 Those who sow in tears will reap rejoicing

Matthew 20: 20-28

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July 22

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday: Feast of St. Mary Magdalene   Read Pope Francis’ proclamation

Genesis 18:20-32  Bartering with God!

Psalm 138 Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Col. 2:12-14  power of Baptism; Luke 11:1-13  God’s promises/independence 

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July 21

Forsaken the source of living water; dug broken cisterns

Jer. 2:1-3, 7-8,12-13—forsaken me…

Psalm 36  With you is the fountain of life

Matthew 13: 10-17

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July 20

Will you follow Him wherever He goes

Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10

Psalm 71  I will sing of your salvation

Matthew 13:1-9  good soil—see p. 285

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July 19

Seek the will of God;most loving thing that could happen to you

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

Psalm 85 Lord, show us your mercy and your love…

Matthew 12:46-50

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July 18

Faith

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 seeking signs

Psalm 50  To the upright I will show the saving power of God…*

Matthew 12:38-42

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July 15

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:1-10  Blessings of God through our willingness to be generous Psalm 15  He who does justice will live…Col. 1:24-28  Focus on Christ even in suffering—who empowers that? God  

Luke 10: 38-42  Service is necessary and an expression of faith but not without prayer and time with God…relationship is first  

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July 14

Come to Me—be set free

Is. 26:7-9, 12, 16-19—He is faithful!

Psalm 102  From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to me…Come to Jesus Himself; learn to rest in His presence---then ask for what you think is right and good  but LISTEN

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July 13

Pride goes before the fall

Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16  Do you understand you achieve nothing except by God’s will; by God’s allowing “it.”

Psalm 94  The Lord will not abandon his people—He is always faithful…how?

Matthew 11:25-27 To whom does the son wish to reveal the father?

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July 12

Is your faith firm?

Isaiah 7:1-9  Unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm

Psalm 48 God upholds his city forever

Matthew 11:20-24  faith not firm or clear or strong…

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July 11

God comes First!

Isaiah 1:10-17 Psalm 50  To the upright I will show the saving power of God

Matthew 10: 34-11:1whoever loves family (those closest)--more than me is not worthy of me

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July 8

for July 10th 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(See Saturday, Chinese martyrs)   Sunday: Deut. 30:10-14

Psalm 69  Turn to the Lord in your need and you will live OR Psalm 19

Col. 1:15-20

Luke 10:25-37  mercy of God…what about us?

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July 7

Conversion

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9  Continuation of examples of false worship

Psalm 80  Let us see your face and we shall be saved

Matthew 10:7-15  See also  p. 95 Magnificat

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July 6

St. Maria Goretti

Hosea 10: 1-3, 7-8, 12!Do we worship false gods?  Money, time. decisions

Psalm 105  Seek always the face of the Lord

Matthew 10:1-7  (Story of 12 year old in Middle East—died a martyr)

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July 5

Obedience to the Lord

Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13

Psalm 115  The house of Israel trusts in the Lord!  Does your house?

Matthew 9:32-38—See JP II’s exhortation, p. 72

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July 4

Independence Day

Hosea 2:16, 17-18  See John Carroll p. 61-2

Psalm 145  The Lord is kind and merciful

Matt 9:18-26  faith!  ** see Preface, p. 59books: To be Like Jesus , DC

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July 1

for Sunday, July 3 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 66:10-14

Psalm 66: 1-3. 4-5, 6-, 16, 20

Gal. 6:14-18     Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

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June 30

The first Martyrs

Amos 7:10-17

Psalm 19The judgments of the Lord are true and all of them are just

Matthew 9:1-8  See Bishop Martyrius, p. 421  and the mercy of God

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June 29

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Peter head of Apostles and Paul apostle to the gentiles

Acts 12:1-11—God’s protection when we serve Him!

Psalm 34  The angel of the lord will rescue those who fear Him!

2Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

Matthew 16:13-19  Refer to Pope Francis, p. 408  Magnificat

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June 28

How committed are you?

Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12  the fury of God

Psalm 5  Lead me in your justice, Lord

Matthew 8:23-27  Physical fear for loss of body?  What about spiritual fear?

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June 27

Follow Him!

Amos 2:6-10, 13-16 Blessing of God removed!

Psalm 50  Remember this you who never think of God

Matthew 8:18-22

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June 24

for Sunday, June 26: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 19:16, 19-21 (See intro to Sunday’s readings on p. 366--Magnificat

Psalm 16  You are my inheritance O Lord

Galatians 5:1, 13-18—don’t submit again to slavery—free to be what you were created to be…

Luke 9:51-62  Lay down everything to follow Christ—in all walks of life…

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June 23

Disobedience and Obedience

2Kings 24:8-17

Psalm 79  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us…

Matthew 7:21-29  The power of the word and the need for obedience to it!

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June 22

Bearing Good Fruit

2Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3

Psalm 119  Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord

Matthew 7:15-20  To whom do you LISTEN?  

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June 21

Bearing Good Fruit

2Kings 19: 9b-11, 14-21, 31-35, 36

Psalm 48  God upholds his city forever

Matthew 7:6, 12-14  Do not give what is holy to dogs…

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June 20

The consequence of sin

2Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18

Psalm 60  Help us with your right hand, O Lord and answer us

Matthew 7:1-5  The great distraction we employ every day

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June 17

for Twelfth Sun. In Ordinary Time (June 19)

Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

Galatians 3:26-29

Luke 9:18-24  Your inheritance—do we think about this?

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June 16

Purity of intention and the need to forgive

Sirach 48: 1-14

Psalm 97  Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Matthew 6:7-15  Heed the word of the Lord!  M.A.’s “joke”

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June 15

Direction for disciples

2Kings 2:1, 6-14

Psalm 31  Let your hearts take comfort all you who hope in the Lord

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18  Purity of intention

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June 14

Power of repentance

1Kings 21:17-29

Psalm 51 Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned

Matthew 5:43-48

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June 13

Serve and serve again

1Kings   21:1-16

Psalm 5  Lord, listen to my groaning…

Matthew 5:38-42

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June 10

For June 12: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2Samuel 12:7-10, 13

Psalm 32  Lord, forgive the wrong I have done

Gal. 2:16, 19-21

Luke 7:36-8:3

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June 9

“Go first and be reconciled…”

1Kings 18: 41-46

Psalm 65  It is right to praise you in Zion, O God

Matthew 5:20-26

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June 8

Stop straddling

1Kings 18:20-39

Psalm 16  Keep me safe, O God, you are my hope

Matt. 5:17-19  See the commandments  Pope Benedict  p. 112

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June 7

Are you salt of the earth?

1Kings 17:7-16

Psalm 4  Lord, let your face shine on us

Matthew 5:13-16

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June 6

God’s marks of holiness

1Kings 17:1-6  Obedience and blessing

Psalm 121—Our help is in the name of the Lord who made…

Matt. 5:1-12Pay attention to the beatitudes; mold your life on them…Sheen

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June 3

Serve and serve again

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June 3

for June 5 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 17:17-24

Psalm 30  I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me

Galatians 1;11-19

Luke 7:11-17

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June 2

Teach me, Lord

2Timothy 2:8-15

Psalm 25  Teach me your ways O Lord

Mark 12:28-34

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June 1

St. Justin the Martyr

2Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

Psalm 123  to you, O Lord I lift up my eyes

Mark 12:18-27

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May 31

Feast of the Visitation

Zephaniah 3:14-18  shout for joy

Respon. Psalm (Is. 12)  Among you is the great and holy one of Israel

Luke 1:39-56

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May 30

Render an account on your stewardship

2Peter 1:2-7

Psalm 91  In you, my God, I place my trust

Mark 12:1-12  What kind of account could each of us render to God?

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May 27

For Sun. 29th Feast of Corpus Christi

(See intro  JPII and the Sequence)  Gen. 14:18-20

Psalm 110  You are a priest forever…

1Corinthians 11:23-26  and the Sequence   See p. 427

Luke 9: 11-17  They all ate and were satisfied…daily bread? Why only once a week/year?  Reminder:  More of the Holy Spirit and RP 

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May 26

Mercy!

1Peter 2:2-5, 9-12

Psalm 100 Come with joy into the presence of the Lord

Mark 10:46-52  (and many rebuked him telling him to be silent!! (re: Judas)

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May 25

Whoever wishes to be great must be your servant

1Peter 1:18-25  RP  Recommend my book

Psalm 147  Praise the Lord Jerusalem

Mark 10:32-45

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May 24

Put your hope completely in Christ

1Peter 1:10-16   (Recommend More of the Holy Spirit) RP

Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation

Mark 10:28-31See meditation May, 2016 Magnificat 

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May 23

Put Him first

1Peter 1:3-9  (Recommend More of the Holy Spirit)

Psalm 111  The Lord will remember his covenant forever

Mark 10:17-27  The power of the commandments: means to an eternal goal

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May 20

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Proverbs 8:22-31   RP

Psalm 8  How wonderful is your name…

Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15  Spirit teaches us how to live in the truth, by the truth, for the truth

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May 19

Life or death: which do you choose?

James 5:1-6---Remember Pentecost

Psalm 49—Blessed are the poor in Spirit

Mark 9:41-50

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May 18

Faith in action

James 4:13-17

Psalm 49  Blessed are the poor in Spirit

Mark 9:38-40

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May 17

Armor of God and faith

James 4:1-10  Submit yourselves to God

Psalm 55  Throw your cares on the Lord and He will support you

Mk 9:30-37 God knows every thought. Be honest and grow in faith and hope.

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May 16

Growth in faith needed

James 3:13-18  discern work of evil

Psalm 19 The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart

Mark 9:14-29

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May 13

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11 Spirit leads toward union always

Psalm 104  Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Romans 8:8-17

John 14:15-16, 23-26:=love, unity

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May 12

Jesus prayer and the Holy Spirit

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11

Psalm 16  Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope

John 17:20-26  Continuation of Jesus prayer for you and for me

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May 11

Preparation for Pentecost

Acts 20:28-38

Psalm 68  Sing to God O kingdoms of the earth—Do we?

John 17:11-19  Listen to the prayer Jesus prays for you…

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May 10

Preparation for Pentecost

Acts 20:17-27

Psalm 68  Sing to God o Kingdoms of the earth

John 17:1-11   I revealed your name to those you gave me…?

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May 9

Preparation for Pentecost

Acts 19:1-8

Psalm 68  Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth

John 16:29-33  In the world you will have trouble but take courage…

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May 6

Mass of the Ascension on May 8

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47  God mounts his Throne with shouts of joy…

Ephesians 1:17-23 and letter to Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:19-23

Luke 24:46-53  The Power and the Glory; the Suffering and the Joy

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May 5

A little while…

Acts 18:1-8

Psalm 98  The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power!

John 16:16-20  Your grief will be turned into joy

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May 4

The spirit of truth will come

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1

Psalm 148

John 16:12-15

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May 3

Sts. Philip and James

1Cor. 15:1-8  Hold fast to the word

Psalm 19  Their message goes out through all the earth…

John 14:6-14  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

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May 2

Joy and sorrow

Acts 16:11-15

Psalm 149  The Lord takes delight in His people

John 15:26-16:4

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April 29

for Sunday, May 1, 2016—6th Sunday of Easter

Celebrate these days with joy-opening prayer

Acts 15:1-2, 21-29  Psalm 67 O God let all the nations praise you!

Rev. 21:10-14, 22-23

John 14:23-29  The Holy Spirit whom I will send in my name will teach you everything!!”

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April 28

Joy and sorrow

April 28

Love as I have loved you!

Acts 15:7-21

Psalm 96

John 15:9-11

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April 27

Call to bear much Fruit

Acts 15:1-6

Psalm 122 Let us go rejoicing to the house of God 

John 15:1-8

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April 26

Obedience to Jesus = True Discipleship

Acts 14:19-28

Psalm 145  Your friends make known, O Lord…

John 14:27-31

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April 25

Feast of St. Mark/Discipleship

1Peter 5:5-14

Psalm 89  I will sing the goodness of the Lord

Mark 16:15-20

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April 22

April 24th—5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 14:21-27

Psalm 145  I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God

Rev.  21:1-5

John 13:31-33, 34-35

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April 21

I AM!

Acts 13:13-25

Psalm 89 Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord

John 13:16-20

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April 20

The Importance of God’s Word

Acts 12:24-13:5  word continued to spread and grow…

Psalm 67  O God let all the nations praise you

John 12:44-50 

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April 19

Recognition of the Shepherd’s voice

Acts 11:19-26

Psalm 87  all you nations, praise the Lord

John 10:22-30 Challenge:  we can only encounter Him by following Him…PB

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April 18

Life giving repentance

Acts 11:1-18

Psalm 42:43 Athirst is my soul for the living God

John 10:1-10  Do you recognize the voice of the Shepherd?

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April 15

for Sunday April 17 Fourth Sunday of Easter(Good Shepherd)

Acts 13:14, 43-52

Psalm 100 we are His people, the Sheep of His flock

Revelation 7:9, 14-17  vision of eternal life

John 10:27-30  God’s love!

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April 14

Faith in the Eucharist

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 66 Let all the earth cry out to God with joy

John 6:44-51  How seriously do you seek prayer and conscious preparation in order to receive the Eucharist worthily?

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April 13

The joy that comes from God

Acts 8:1-8

Psalm 66  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy

John 6:35-40  Words between the Father and the Son

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April 12

Doing right for the wrong reasons

Acts 7:51-8:1

Psalm 31  Into your hands, O Lord I commend my spirit

John 6:30-35

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April 11

Faith

Acts 6:8-15
Psalm 119  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord
John 6:22-29   Do not work for food that will perish…” (that which is earthly)

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April 8

Mass for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 5:270-32

Psalm 30  I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me…

Revelation 5:11-14

John 21:1-19—Again the question of Faith:  In Him? And His teaching?

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April 7

Are we going to accept Jesus for Who he is and His teaching?

Acts 5:27-33

Psalm 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor

John 3:31-36

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April 6

Faith and a challenge

Acts 5:17-26
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
John 3: 16-21

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April 5

Again, the question of faith

Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93: 1, 2, 5 The Lord is King; He is clothed in majesty…
John 3:7-15

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April 4

The Annunciation

Is. 7:10-14; 8:10
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38  Note obedience of Mary and then Jesus in these readings

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April 1

Easter Friday, April 1 and Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3

John 20:19-31 then go back to the first reading Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good…His mercy endures forever… See Diary, Jubilee Year of mercy, gifts…

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March 31

Faith

Acts 3:11-26  Look at growth in Peter’s faith…ponder
Psalm 8  O Lord our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth
Luke 24:35-48 discouragement; lack of recognition; recognition in the Bread!

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March 30

New Faith is born in disciples

Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105  Rejoice O Hearts that seek the Lord
Luke 24:13-35—“part one” (Continuation on Thursday)

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March 29

Power of the Resurrection

Acts 2:36-41 power of the Resurrection “at work.”
Psalm 33 The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord
John 20:11-18—Mary Magdalene’s grief obstructs her ability to believe but Jesus’ love for her breaks the darkness of grief

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March 28

Fruits of the Resurrection

Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16  Keep me safe, O God, you are my hope!
Matthew 28:8-15 Live in the Truth!

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March 27

He is Risen!

Acts 10:34, 37-43  Look at the new man-Peter!  What about yourself?
Psalm 118  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad…
Col. 3:1-4
John 20:1-9  Meditation by Pope Francis  p. 251 Holy Week—Magnificat

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March 25

The Death of Christ

Is. 52:13-53:12  suffering servant
Psalm 31  Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit
Hebrews 4:14-16  and 5:7-9
John 18:1-19; 42
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March 24

Forgiveness

Ex. 12:1-8, 11-14 the blood of the lamb at the Passover AND Jesus!
Psalm 116 Our blessing cup is a communion with the Lord
1Cor. 11:23-26  He died for me that I might LIVE!  Do you understand?
John 13:1-15—washed clean of sin; Again repentance

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March 23

How have I sinned?

Is. 50:4-9 Have I rebelled?  Repent…receive the mercy of God.  Be honest!
Psalm 69 Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Matthew 26:14-25

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March 22

Will you deny me?

Is. 49:1-6
Psalm 71  I will sing of your salvation
John 13:21-33, 36-38

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March 21

Duplicity, jealousy

Is. 42:1-7
Psalm 27
John 12:1-11

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March 18

Palm Sunday March 20

Is. 50:4-7      
Psalm 22 My God, my God… 
Phil. 2:6-11
Luke 22: 14-23:56  Read Pope Benedict’s Commentary. P. 28  

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March 17

God’s faithfulness

Genesis 17:3-9  God’s promise to Abraham
Psalm 105 The Lord remembers his covenant forever 
John 8:51-59

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March 16

Do you believe? Do you believe the word?

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Dn. 3  Glory and praise forever
John 8:31-42  If you abide in my word, you will know the truth…

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March 15

Have faith—Believe who I am…

Numbers 21: 4-9       
Psalm 102: O Lord hear my prayer and let my cry…
John 8:21-30

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March 14

Honesty and humility

Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Ps. 23—even though I walk in the dark valley
John 8:12-20

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March 11

for Sunday, March 13 (5th Sunday of Lent)

Is. 43:16-21
Psalm 126  The Lord has done great things for me…
Phil. 3:8-14
John 8:1-11  Introduce next week’s theme of repentance and forgiveness

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March 10

Pride and humility

Ex. 32:4-7
Psalm 106  Remember us, Lord as you favor your people
John 5:31-47   

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March 9

Love for the Father—Do you love the Father?

Is. 49:8-15
Psalm 145  The Lord is gracious and merciful
John 5:17-30 Do you seek the will of the Father?

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March 8

Do you drink of the water of life?

Ez. 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46  The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob
John 5:1-16

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March 7

Happiness that comes from God

Isaiah 65: 17-21
Psalm 30  I will praise you, Lord
John 4:43-54

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March 4

Mass for Sunday, March 6—4th Sunday of Lent

Joshua 5:9, 10-12
Psalm 34—Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
2Cor. 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32—Story of the Prodigal Son  MERCY!

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March 3

Obedience

Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts
Luke 11:14-23—Is the kingdom of your heart, your earthly like divided?

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March 2

Obedience

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 Obey that you may have life…(learning to swim)
Psalm 147  Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
Matt.5:17-19-What do you teach others by your response to God’s Word?

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March 1

Forgiveness

Daniel 3:25, 34-43
Psalm 25  Remember your mercies, O Lord
Matthew 18:21-35   

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February 29

Pride and true humility

2Kings 5:1-15
Psalm 42-43
Luke 4:24-30

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February 26

3rd Sunday of Lent (February 28)

Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103  The Lord is kind and merciful  1Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9 Readings from Year C not year A

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February 25

Need for conversion

Jer.17:5-10 cursed is the man who trusts in man; who seeks his strength in flesh
Psalm 1 Blessed are they who hope in the Lord
Luke 16: 19-31 Pray for relatives and friends—conversion is necessary
(Not he/she was a good person.)  With God and with others…

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February 24

Pride, arrogance, humility

Jeremiah 18:18-20—crying out to God
Psalm 31  Save me Lord in your kindness
Matthew 20:17-28 Whoever wishes to be great shall be your servant

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February 23

Pride and humility

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Psalm 50  To the upright I will show the saving power of God
Matthew 23:1-12

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February 22

You are the Christ

1Peter 5:1-4
Psalm 23  The Lord is my shepherd
Matt.16:13-19This ? needs to be answered by each; in integrity of heart

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February 19

2nd Sunday of Lent (Feb. 21)

Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation
Phil. 3:17-4:1
Luke 9:28-36-Needs to be pondered…See also Merikakis Vol.II, p.553 

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February 18

Ask, seek, knock

Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138 Lord, on the day I called you answered me
Matthew 7:7-12

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February 17

Become a true disciple

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51
Luke 11:29-32

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February 16

Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer

Is. 55:10-11
Psalm 34 From all their distress…
Matthew 6:7-15

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February 15

Serve Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19  Your words, Lord, are Spirit and Life
Matthew 25:31-46 and  p. 205 Magnificat

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February 12

for Sunday Feb. 14—1st Sunday of Lent

Dt. 26:4-10
Psalm 91
Romans 10:8-13

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February 11

Repentance and Joy

Dt. 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-2, 3,4, 6
Luke 9:22-25

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February 10

Ash Wednesday

Joel  2:12-18
Psalm 51—memorize it
2Cor. 5:20-6:2
Mt. 6:1-6,  16-18

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February 9

True Worship

1Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Psalm 84: 3, 4, 5, 11
Mark 7:1-13

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February 8

True Worship

1Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
Psalm 132: 6-7, 8-10
Mark 6:53-56

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February 5

for Sun. Feb. 7 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8  When we are cleansed of sin, we can see clearly and move  forward.  Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
1Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11—use all your talent and expertise; ask God what HE wants!!

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February 4

Faith and repentance

1Kings 2:1-4, 10-12
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6-7
Mark 6:1-6

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February 3

How deep is your faith?

2Sam. 24:2, 9-17
Psalm 32  Lord forgive the wrong I have done
Mark 6:1-6

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February 2

Presentation of Jesus in the temple

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7
Hebrews 2:14-18  and Luke 2;22-40

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February 1

Trust in the Lord, be humble and obedient

2Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13
Psalm 3  Lord, rise up and save me…
Mark 5:1-20Lord heals him but asks him to stay and evangelize by his example

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January 29

for Sunday, Jan 31 (4th Sunday—Ord. Time)

Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 71  I will sing of your salvation
1Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30  Discipleship costs everything but it gives even more…

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January 28

St. Thomas Aquinas

2Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Psalm 132  The Lord God will give him the kingdom of His Father
Mark 4:21-25 

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January 27

Build for the Lord, not self

2Sam. 7:4-17
Psalm 89  For ever I will maintain my love for my servant
Mark 4:1-20  Do you really HEAR the Word of God and follow?

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January 26

Timothy and Titus

Timothy 1:1-8  Titus 1:1-5—Depend on God; take only what is necessary
Psalm 96  proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations
Luke 10:1-9  To do God’s will is to bring us into the family of God. See p. 362

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January 25

Conversion of St. Paul

Acts 22:3-16 Paul’s acct of his conversion  (include Ananias comments from 9)
Psalm 117 Go out to all the world and tell the good news
Mark 16:15-18 New booklet:The Mercy of God and the Joy Repentance Brings

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January 22

For Sunday, Jan. 24 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10 –Love for the Law
Psalm 19  Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life
1Corinthians 12:12-30 find your gift(s)for your sake and that of others
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 

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January 21

The power of jealousy

1Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7 Saul and David)
Psalm 56 In God I trust; I shall not fear
Mark 3:7-12 (Jesus and the leaders of the Jews)

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January 20

Wisdom and Courage

1Sam. 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144  Blessed be the Lord, my rock
Mark 3:1-6 Genuine motivation (Doing things to be seen, applauded=nothing)

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January 19

God’s ways are not men’s ways—need for Holy Spirit

1Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 89  I have found David my servant
Mark 2:23-28

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January 18

Conversion and mercy

1Samuel 15:16-23  see esp.  “does the Lord so delight in burnt offerings…”
Psalm 50  To the upright I will show the saving power of God
Mark 2;18-22  old and new wineskins; the place of repentance

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January 15

for Sun. Jan. 17—2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 62:1-5
Psalm 96  Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations
1Corinthians 12:4-11  Gifts of the Spirit (Source of…)—what are yours?
John 2:1-11  The GOODNESS OF GOD

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January 14

How much do we really trust God?

1Samuel 4:1-11
Psalm 44  Redeem us Lord because of your mercy—redeem us from sin and death
Mark 1:40-45

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January 13

What is God’s will for me?

1Sam. 3:10, 19-20
Psalm 40  Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will
Mark 1:29-39  What is the purpose of your life?

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January 12

Live fully the present time

1Samuel 1:9-20
1Sam. 2  My heart exults in the Lord my Savior
Mark 1:21-28   See Voskamp for an enemy of the soul  p. 161

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January 11

The call to give God everything

1Samuel 1:1-8
To you, Lord, will I offer a sacrifice of praise
Mark 1:14-20

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January 8

Sun. January 10—Baptism of the Lord

Is. 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 104  O bless the Lord, my soul
Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

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January 7

Forgiveness

1John 4:19-5:4  See also Leviticus 19:17-18
Psalm 72  Lord, every nation on earth…
Luke 4:14-22

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January 6

God shows His blessings and our call to the Cross

John 4:11-18
Psalm 72  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you
Mark 6:45-52  

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January 5

His heart was moved with pity—for us!

1John 4:7-10
Psalm 72  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you
Mark 6:34-44

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January 4

Discern the spirits at work

1John 3:22-4:6
Psalm 2  I will give you all the nations for an inheritance
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25—Repent

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January 1

Epiphany

New Year’s Day –Solemnity of Mary: Luke 2: 16-21 and
Sun. Jan. 3rd--Epiphany—Is. 60:1-6 Psalm 72  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you
Eph. 3:2-3, 5-6           Matthew 2:1-12 

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2015

December 31

Obedience and love: What is your gift?

1John 2:18-21
Psalm 96  Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
John 1:1-18   Good reflection, Magnificat, p. 459

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December 30

Obedience and love:What is your gift?

1 John 2:12-17
Psalm 96  Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Luke 2:36-40

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December 29

Obedience and love: What is your gift?

1John 2:3-11
Psalm 96  Let the heavens be glad…
Luke 2:22-35

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December 28

The Holy Innocents

1John 3:22-4:6
Psalm 2  I will give you all the nations for an inheritance
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25—Repent

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December 25

Feast of Holy Family: Love and Honor

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December 24

Expectation 2

2nd Sam. 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89 For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord
Luke 1:67-69  O Radiant Dawn…p. 342

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December 23

Expectation

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December 22

Joy and Thanksgiving

1Samuel 1:24-28
1Sm. 2  My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior
Luke 1:46-56   See also p. 321-22 O King of the Nations…p. 323

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December 21

Joy and exultation

Song of Songs 2:8-14 and Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm 33  exult you just…
Luke 1:39-45  O Rising Dawn…p. 313

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December 18

For Sunday December 20

Micah 5:1-4   Psalm 80 Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face...
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45  Look at Mary's mercy and charity at the most life-changing time of her life!!!  18th p. 276 O Adoniah...p. 276, O Key of David...p. 303

 

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December 17

O Wisdom coming forth from the mouth...

Genesis 49:2, 8-10        For our God comes...
Psalm 72  Justice shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace...
Matthew 1:1-17  O Antiphon  p. 265

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December 16

Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?

Isaiah 45: 6, 8, 18, 21-25
Psalm 85  Let the crowds rain down the just One…
Luke 7:18-23

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December 15

Purity of intention and the Lord's coming

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Psalm 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor…
Matthew 21:28-32

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December 14

A star shall advance from Jacob

Num. 24:2-7, 15-17   A star shall advance from Jacob…and a staff from Israel
Psalm 25  teach me your ways, O Lord…
Matthew 21:23-27

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December 11

For Sun. 13th Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Cry out with joy and gladness—(Is. 12)
Phil. 4:4-7—peace which surpasses understanding…
Luke 3:10-18  request for justice and mercy… What should we do? P. 178

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December 10

The lowly will be glad

Isaiah41:13-20
Psalm 145  The Lord is slow to anger—of great kindness
Matthew 11:11-15

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December 9

Come to me all you who labor

Is. 40: 25-31
Psalm 103  O bless the Lord my soul
Matthew 11:28-30 

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December 8

Imm. Conception and the Jubilee year of mercy

Read intro. P. 111
Gen. 3:9-15, 20  
Psalm 98  Sing to the Lord a new song
Eph. 1:3-6, 11-12                
Luke 1:26-38  read Pope B. p. 116

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December 7

Do we know we need to be saved?

2nd Week of Advent
Is. 35:1-10
Psalm 85-Our God will come to save us
Luke 5:17-26

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December 4

2nd Sunday of Advent

Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126  The Lord has done great things…
Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6  Prepare by making our own paths straight…

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December 3

The will of God

Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

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December 2

The promise of eternity: God's generosity

Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23  I shall live in the house of the Lord
Matthew 15:29-37

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December 1

He will come!

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72  Justice shall flourish in His time
Luke 10:21-24

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November 30

He will come!

November 30

Listen and respond

Romans 10:9-18  To heed the Good News—head and heart
Psalm 19  The judgments of the Lord are true and all of them just—LIFE!
Matthew 4:18-22  Follow Him in this year of Mercy and season of Advent

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November 27

for Sunday Nov. 29 1st Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16  new hope
Psalm 25  To you, O Lord I lift up my soul
1Thess 3:12-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36  (See First Sunday of Advent)

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November 26

Thanksgiving

See George Washington, p.370    Daniel 6:12-28—see also opening prayer for Thanksgiving Day (365)
Dan. 3  Give glory and eternal praise to him
Luke 21:20-28  or  Lk. 17:11-19 (need for thanksgiving for God’s goodness)

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November 25

Put Him first

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Daniel 3  Give glory and eternal praise to him
Luke 21:12-19

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November 24

Love God with ALL your heart...

Daniel 2:31-45
Dn 3 Give glory and eternal praise to him
Luke 21:5-11

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November 23

External actions; internal resolve

Entrance Antiphon—Are we?
Daniel 1: 1-6, 8-20
Respon. Psalm (Dn 3)  Glory and praise forever
Luke 21:1-4 

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November 20

for Sunday, Nov. 22 Feast of Christ the King

Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93 The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

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November 19

Take inventory

1Maccabees 2:15-29
Psalm 50 To the upright I will show the saving power of God
Luke 19:41-44

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November 18

What have you done with what you have been given?

2Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
Psalm 17  Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full
Luke 19:11-28

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November 17

How far am I willing to go to follow Jesus?

2Maccabees  6:18-31
Psalm 3  T e Lord upholds me
Luke 19:1-10  repentance and conversion

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November 16

Repent

1Maccabees  1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Psalm 119  Give me life, O Lord and I will do your commands 
Luke 18:35-43

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November 13

for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sun. November 15)

Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16  You are my inheritance O Lord  
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

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November 12

Wisdom and thanksgiving

Wisdom 7:22-8:1
Psalm 119  Your word is forever O Lord
Luke 17:20-25  (The kingdom is within)

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November 11

Pride and Gratitude

Wisdom 6:1-11
Psalm 82  Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth
Luke 17:11-19 

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November 10

St. Leo

Wisdom 2:23-3:9
Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times
Luke 17:7-10

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November 9

Dedication of St. John Lateran - Rome 324

Ez. 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm 46 The waters of the river gladden the city of God…
1Cor. 3:9c-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22

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November 6

32nd Sunday in O.T. (November 8)

1Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146  Praise the Lord, my soul!
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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November 5

How generous are we?

Romans 14:7-12
Psalm 27  I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord…
Luke 15:1-10

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November 4

The cost of discipleship

Romans 13:8-10
Psalm 112  Blessed the man who is gracious and lends…
Luke 14:25-33

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November 3

Accepting God's invitation

Romans 12:5-16
Psalm 131 In you, O Lord, I have found my peace
Luke 14:15-24

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November 2

Feast of All Souls

Wisdom 3:1-9  (see Pope Benedict intro)
Psalm 23
Romans 5:5-11 and John 6:37-40

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October 30

for Sunday November 1 All Saints

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face!
John 3:1-3  Blessed are the poor..
Matthew 5:1-12

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October 29

Nothing can separate us from the love of God...

Romans 8:31-39  we can conquer overwhelmingly IN CHRIST!
Psalm 109  Save me, O Lord in your mercy
Luke 13:31-35

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October 28

Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm  19  Their message goes out through all the earth
Luke 6:12-16 He called them into intimacy before the mission is given

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October 27

Faith can change us and our outlook on life

Romans 8:18-25
Psalm 126  The Lord has done marvels for us
Luke 13:18-21  The power of faith

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October 26

The joy of living faith

Romans 8:12-17  fidelity and reception of the promises
Psalm 68  Our God is the God of salvation
Luke 13:10-17

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October 23

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 25)

Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126  The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52  See Dr. Healy, pp. 215-216  The Gospel of Mark

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October 22

Feast of St. John Paul II

Romans 6:19-23
Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord
Luke 12:49-53

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October 21

You know not the day nor the hour

Romans 6:12-18
Psalm 124  Our help is in the name of the Lord
Luke 12:39-48

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October 20

Are you ready to meet Him?

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-19, 20-21
Psalm 40  Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will
Luke 12:35-38

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October 19

How deep, really, is your faith?

Romans 4:20-25
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel…
Luke 12:13-21—put your house in order—What are your priorities?

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October 16

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct.18)

Isaiah 53:10-11—authentic greatness comes in service—laying down our lives)
Psalm 33  Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you
Hebrews 4:14-16 –define true repentance
Mark 10:35-45   we look for glory; it is found in serving…

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October 15

St. Teresa of Avila

Romans 3;21-30
Psalm 130  With the Lord there is mercy…
Luke 11:47-54  Jealousy and pride work against our friendship w/God

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October 14

Judgment and Mercy

Romans 2:1-11
Psalm 62  Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works
Luke 11:42-46  Is this gospel about me?

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October 13

Are you able to face your weakness?

Romans 1:16-25  Are you ashamed?
Psalm 19  The heavens proclaim the glory of God
Luke 11:37-41 Hypocrisy and sincerity

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October 12

Have faith, believe, act

Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation
Luke 11:29-32

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October 9

28th Sunday in O.T. (Oct. 11)

Wisdom 7:7-11—Time with the Lord is essential
Psalm 90  Fill us with you love, O Lord and we will sing for joy
Hebrews 4:12-13  Power of the Word to draw you closer to the Lord
Mark 10:17-30 Need to divest in the heart (To what do I cling?)

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October 8

Growing in faith in God

Malachi 3:13-20  Do you respect, reverence the Lord and His word?
Psalm 1  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord—like a tree planted near running water
Luke 11:5-13—action needed on your part—ask—seek—knock

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October 7

Our Lady of the Rosary and Faith in the Father

Jonah 4:1-11  Jonah’s anger
Psalm 86  Lord, you are merciful and gracious
Luke 11:1-4  Lord’s Prayer—Trust in the Father

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October 6

Mercy

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 130  If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
Luke 10:38-42  First things first—Is prayer, time with Jesus, first?

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October 5

Always mercy - sometimes severe mercy

Jonah 1:1-2:2,11
Responsorial psalm: Jonah 2 You will rescue my life from the pit
Luke 10:25-37

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October 2

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 4)

Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128  May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives…
Hebrews 2:9-11 He might taste death…that we should not have to live eternally in death… Mark 10: 2-16

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October 1

St. Therese of Lisieux

Nehemiah 8:1-4, 5-6, 7-12  love the law of the Lord
Psalm19 the precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart
Luke 10:1-12

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September 30

Feast of St. Jerome

Wrote official Latin Translation of the Bible
Nehemiah 2:1-8  Psalm 137 Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you
Luke 9:57-62

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September 29

Feast of the Archangels

Daniel 7:9-20, 13-14  (See also Rev. 12:7-12)
Psalm 138  In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord
John 1:47-51   See also Preface p. 404  

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September 28

Be faithful to God

Zechariah 8:1-8
Psalm 102  The Lord will build up Zion again  (See med. P. 391
Luke 9:46-50  child, vulnerable, poor—body and soul and mind—we shy away

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September 25

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm 19  The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48  Get the right priorities

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September 24

Consider your ways

Haggai 1:1-8  Build the house that I may take pleasure in it  (human heart)
Psalm 149  The Lord takes delight in his people
Luke 9:7-9

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September 23

Follow Him whatever the cost

Ezra 9:5-9  God never abandons those who follow Him
Blessed be God who lives forever
Luke 9:1-6

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September 22

What is first in our lives? (will of God)

Ezra 6: 7-8.12. 14-20
Psalm 122  Let us go rejoicing…
Luke 8:19-21

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September 21

Feast of St. Matthew

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19 The message goes out through all the earth
Matthew 9:9-13  Jesus looked at Matthew…See Merikakis p. 423-24

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September 18

25th Sunday In Ordinary Time- Sept. 20

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54  The Lord upholds my life  ** James 3:16—4:3(So important)
Mark 9:30-37  Apostles don’t fully “get it” either; need for a new mind in Christ

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September 17

St. Robert Bellarmine

1Timothy 4:12-16  Don’t look at youth but look for wisdom
Psalm 111 How great are the works of the Lord
Luke 7:36-50 (Pharisees could not judge rightly because their motives were self-serving)

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September 16

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian; Gift of wisdom

1Timothy 3:14-16—We honor Christ above all
Psalm 111 How great are the works of the Lord
Lk. 7:31-35Your discernment is all wrong because you don’t work from faith

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September 15

Our Mother of Sorrows

Hebrews 5:7-9
Psalm 31  Save me, O Lord, in your kindness
Luke 2:33-35  and John 19:25-27

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September 14

Exaltation, Triumph of the Holy Cross

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 78  Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Phil. 2:6-11  and Phil. 3:7-16   John 3:13-17

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September 11

Readings for 24th Sunday in Ord. Time

Isaiah 50:4-9    Psalm 116  I will walk before the Lord…
James 2:14-18 faith has to be lived out;
Mark 8:27-35 (a basis for faith to grow)

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September 10

How is happiness found?

Col. 3:12-17  live in love and unity
Psalm 150  Let everything that breathes, praise the Lord
Luke 6:27-38  If you wish to be satisfied; if you wish to be happy and live a meaningful life…

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September 9

Blessed are the poor; they shall be made rich

Col 3: 1-11
Psalm 145 The Lord is compassionate toward all his works
Luke 6: 20-26  Take on the mind of Christ and His priorities

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September 8

Feast of the Blessed Mother

Micah 5:1-4
Romans 8:28-30  All good comes from God
Psalm 13  with delight, I rejoice in the Lord
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23  Geneology and  prophetic fulfillment

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September 7

Labor Day

Gen. 1:26-2:3
Psalm 90
Matthew 6:31-34

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September 4

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 35:4-7  (no fear)
Psalm 146  Praise the Lord, O my Soul
James 2:1-5  rich in what matters---Mark 7:31-37—power of Christ to heal, to raise the dead; to save the despairing

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September 3

Delivered us from darkness to light

Col. 1:9-14
Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation
Luke 5:6-11

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September 2

The love and the zeal of Christ

Col. 1:1-8—Note the love for one another
Psalm 52  I trust in the mercy of God forever
Luke 4:38-44—Jesus impelled by love of the lost

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September 1

Darkness and light

1Thess. 5:1-6, 9-11
Psalm 27 I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living
Luke 4:31-37 His authority is His union with His Father and the power given

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August 31

Faithfilled vision/ perspective

1Thess. 4:13-18
Psalm 96  The Lord comes to judge the earth
Luke 4:16-30

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August 28

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 30)

Deut. 4:1-2, 6-8   Psalm 15: The one who does justice will live in the presence..
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 
Again, duplicity…exterior observance but internal pride

 

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August 27

St. Monica and the power of prayer

1Thess. 3:7-13
Psalm 90  Fill us with your love, Lord and we will sing for joy…
Matthew 24:42-51  Always be ready for the Lord’s request/ call (Always be ready for the call before God’s judgment seat)

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August 26

Hypocrisy

1Thess. 2:9-13—Is the word of God at work in you?
Psalm 139  You have searched me and you know me, Lord
Matthew 23:27-32

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August 25

Doublemindedness

1Thessalonians 2:1-8  Motive and action as one
Ps.139 You have searched me and you know me, Lord (Through & through)
Matthew 23:23-26  Cleanse the interior—see also Voskamp, p. 363 

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August 24

St. Bartholomew (Duplicity)

Revelation 21:9-14
Psalm 145
John 1:45-51

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August 21

Sunday August 23 the 21st Sun. in O.T.

Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Psalm 34  Taste and see the Goodness of the Lord
Eph. 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

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August 20

Many are invited; few chosen

Judges 11:29-39
Psalm 40 Here I am Lord; I come to do your will
Matthew 22:1-14

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August 19

What is of value?

Judges 9:6-15
Psalm 21  Lord, in your strength the king is glad
Matthew 20:1-16

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August 18

Poverty and obedience

Judges 6:11-24
Psalm 85 The Lord speaks of peace to His people
Matthew 19:23-30

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August 17

Who will you serve?

Judges 2:11-19  Do we serve false gods?
Psalm 106  Remember us, O Lord as you favor your people
Matt. 19:16-22  Do we follow Jesus as He asked or do we make our own gods?

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August 14

for Sun. Aug. 16 20th Sunday in Ordinary time

Note comments of popes on Mary  p. 197  Feast of the Assumption (the 15th)
Proverbs 9:1-6 and Psalm 34 Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

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August 13

Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17  The authority passes
Psalm 114  Alleluia!
Matthew 18: 21-19:1  Do unto others as you

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August 12

Christ's disciple

Deut. 34:1-12
Psalm 66  Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire
Matthew 18: 15-20  Biggest obstacle to following the Lord—unforgiveness

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August 11

Gift of self for the sake of others

Deut. 31:1-8
Deut. 32  The portion of the Lord is his people
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14—need to know the Gospels so you have the right values and the right measuring stick

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August 10

Feast of St. Lawrence

2Cor. 9:6-10  refer to Lawrence’s decision
Ps. 112 Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need…do you?
John12:24-26  Do what I want or do God’s will: could be diff. of life or death

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August 7

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34  Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
Eph. 4:30-5:2
John 6:41-51—I am the Living Bread…

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August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration; Invitation to Configuration

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97  The Lord is king…  Peter 1:16-19
Mark 9:2-10 

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August 5

Faith and trust in God

Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1 26-29, 34-35  Need for faith
Psalm 106  remember us, O Lord as you favor your people
Matthew 15:21-28

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August 4

Feast of St. John Vianney

Numbers 12:1-13
Psalm 51  Be merciful O God, for we have sinned
Matthew 14:22-36 Come to me, All you who labor and are heavily burdened

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August 3

God's lavishness and our selfishness

Numbers 11:4-15
Psalm 81  Sing with joy to God our help
Matthew 14:13-21 

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July 31

August 2-18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 16:2-4. 12-15
Psalm 78  The Lord gave them bread from heaven
Eph. 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35  longing, empty, hungry for…?  We know not what?

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July 30

Again, what is the level of your faith?

Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
Psalm 84  How lovely is your dwelling place…
Matthew 13:47-53

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July 29

God's powerful love for us. (See also St.Martha)

1John 4:7-16
Psalm 34  I will bless the Lord at all times
John 11:19-27

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July 28

Again, how strong is your faith?

Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9, 28
Psalm 103—The Lord is kind and merciful
Matthew 13:36-43  good seed or weed?

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July 27

Faith

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34
Psalm 106  Give thanks to the lord for he is good
Matthew 13:31-35

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July 24

July 26 - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145  The hand of the lord feeds us; he answers all our needs
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 6:1-15  the love behind the miracles testify to a God who seeks to save

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July 23

Right relationship to God

Ex. 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Dn. 3  Glory and praise forever
Matthew 13:10-17  see Giussani  p. 338

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July 22

St. Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3:1-4 and 2Cor. 5:14-17
Psalm 63  My soul is thirsting… (see also EX. 16:1-5, 9-15)
John 20:1-2, 11-18

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July 21

Whoever does the will of God is mother, sister...

Exodus 14:21-15:1
Ex. 15
Matthew 12:46-50 

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July 20

God's dealings with his people: Exodus

Exodus 14:5-18
Ex. 15:  He has covered himself with glory
Matthew 12:38-42

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July 17

July 19th 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23  The Lord is my Shepherd
Ephesians 2:13-18
Mark 6:30-34  need for rest

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July 16

Trust God! (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel)

Exodus 3:13-20
Psalm 105  The Lord remembers his covenant forever
Matthew 11:28-30   power of obedience

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July 15

Put God and his will first

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
Psalm 103  The Lord is kind and merciful
Matthew 11:25-27—see St. Bonaventure  pp. 202-03

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July 14

Put your faith in GOD ; not in self or the work of your hands

Exodus 2:1-15
Psalm 69  Turn to the Lord in your need
Matthew 11:20-24

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July 13

Hardship in following Christ (our sin and others)

Exodus 1:8-14, 22  ongoing hardship for God’s people
Psalm 124 Our help is in the name of the Lord
Matthew 10:34-11:1  (Check website)

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July 10

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 12

Amos 7:12-15
Psalm 85—Lord, let us see your kindness…
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:7-13

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July 9

Call to Apostles and the call to us

Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5
Psalm 105  Remember the marvels the Lord has done
Matthew 10:7-15

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July 8

Mercy of God

Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24
Psalm 33  Lord, let your mercy be on us…
Matthew 10:1-7—Father Daiczer  pp. 119-120

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July 7

See Magnificat intro.

Genesis 32:23-33
Psalm 17  In justice, I shall behold your face
Matthew 9:32-38

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July 6

All my trust is in God: Feast of St. Maria Goretti

Genesis 28: 10-22
Psalm 91  In you, my God, I place my trust
Matthew 9:18-26

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July 3

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez. 2:2-3 Hard of face and obstinate of heart…
Psalm 123  Our eyes are fixed on the Lord…
2Cor. 12:7-10 A thorn in the flesh in order to cause him to depend on God
Mark 6:1-6a - Lack of faith

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July 2

Faith

Genesis  22:1-19
Psalm 115  I will walk in the presence of the Lord
Matthew 9:1-8

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July 1

God heals

Gen. 21:5, 8-20
Psalm 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor
Matthew 8:28-34

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June 30

First martyrs

Genesis 19:15-29
Psalm 26  O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes
Matthew 8:23-27

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June 29

Sts. Peter and Paul

Acts 12:1-11
Psalm 34  The angel of the lord will rescue those who fear him
2Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18  and  Mt. 16:13-19

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June 26

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 28)

Wisdom 1;13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm 30  I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me
2Cor. 8:7,9,13-15
Mark 5:21-43

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June 25

The fruit of jealousy and envy

Genesis 16:1-12, 15-16
Psalm 106  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good
Matthew 7:21-29  Where's the rock, where the sand in your life?

 

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June 24

Birth of John the Baptist

Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139  I praise you for I am wonderfully made
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66, 80     

 

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June 23

Qualities of a Disciple

Gen. 13: 2, 5-18  Look at Abraham's generosity of spirit
Psalm 15-He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord Matthew 7:6, 12-14  P. 292-93 

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June 22

Faith and obedience

Genesis 12:1-9  (read poem) Psalm 33  Blessed the People the Lord has chosen. Matthew 7:1-5

 

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June 19

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 21)

Job 38:1, 8-11  Who is the source of all life?  Can we accept that God is?
Psalm 107 Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting
2Cor. 5:14-17-the old has passed away-now All is New!
Mark 4:35-41  Magnificat p. 313-314  St. Catherine of Siena

 

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June 18

Love the Truth; seek the Truth

2Cor. 11:1-11
Psalm 111  Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth
Mathew 6:7-15  Live in truth-to honor God not to find favor in others' eyes 

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June 17

Motive is everything!

2Cor. 9 6-11
Psalm 112-Blessed the man who fears the Lord
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 

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June 16

You WILL love your neighbor

2Cor. 8:1-9
Psalm 146  Praise the Lord, my soul
Matthew 5:43-48 

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June 15

Discipleship

2Cor. 6:1-10   
Psalm 98  The Lord has made known his salvation
Matthew 5:38-42 

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June 12

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart & Sun, June 14-11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Brief commentary on Sacred Heart Hosea 11; Eph.3:8-12, 14-19
Exec. 17:22-24   and Psalm 92:  Lord it is good to give thanks to you
2Cor. 5:6-10  How much do you think about heaven?
Mark 4:26-34  How ready is the soil of your heart to nurture seed of life?

 

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June 11

The kingdom is near

Acts 11:21-26, 13:1-3
Psalm 98  The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power 
Matthew 10:7-13  See  p. 534 

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June 10

Meaning of the commandments

2Cor. 3:4-11 Psalm 99 Holy is the Lord our God 
Matthew 5:17-19  (purify and then make me like Him!)
See PBXVI, p. 140 

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June 9

What Jesus' yes made possible for us

2Cor 1:18-22 Psalm 119 
Lord, let your face shine on me
Matthew 5:13-16  See Merikakis p. 189-90   Volume 1

 

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June 8

Taste and see how good God is

1Cor. 1:1-7  Paul's letter to those he is evangelizing 
Psalm 34  Taste and see.
Matthew 5:1-12  See Merikakis  Volume 1

 

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June 5

June 7: Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

Exodus 24:3-8
Ps. 116 I will take the cup of salvation…
Hebrews 9:11-15                             
Sequence—Lo!  The angels’ food is given…
Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

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June 4

Follow the ways of the Lord

Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1. 9-17 8:4-9
Psalm 128 and…..Mark 12:28-34 You are not far from the kingdom of God

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June 3

We can be misled - from others and from our own thoughts

Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17
Psalm 25: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Mark 12:18-27 

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June 2

Motive of utmost importance

Tobit 2:9-14Actions speak louder than words  Trust in his wife?
Psalm 112 The heart of the just man is firm, trusting in the Lord
Mark 12:13-17  Jesus would not get caught up in division…

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June 1

Give God everything in every day!

Tobit 1:3- 2:1a-8
Psalm 112:1-2, 7-8, 9
Mark 12:1-12

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May 29

May 31 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

See opening prayer—Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own
Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

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May 28

Beauty and light; lies and darkness

Sirach 42:15-25 beauty of creation
Psalm 33-By the word of the Lord,  the heavens were made…
Mark 10:46-52  (what do we really want to see—the truth!)

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May 27

Come to our aid, O God

Sirach 36:1, 4-5, 10-17
Psalm 79  Show us O Lord the light of your kindness
Mark 10:32-45  Looking for reward but asked to be a servant like our master

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May 26

Who really is first in the kingdom?

Sirach 35:1-12  (poor, weak, little in the world’s eyes but with hearts of gold for Jesus…
Psalm 50  To the upright I will show the saving power of God
Mark 10:28-31

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May 25

"Sell" everything for the sake of the kingdom-Jesus

Sirach 17:20-24
Psalm 32 Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord
Mark 10:17-27

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May 22

Pentecost Sunday May 24

Acts 2:1-11
and Psalm 104 Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth
1Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

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May 21

Bear witness for God and he will bear witness for your sake before the Father

Acts 22:30-23: 6-11
Psalm 16  Keep me safe o God you are my help
John 17:20-26

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May 20

To be consecrated in the truth

Acts 20:28-38
Psalm 68 Sing to God o Kingdoms of the earth  do we?
John 17:11-19

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May 19

Clarity in truth and in daily life

Acts 20:17-27  Clarity of Paul’s life
Psalm 68  Sing to God O kingdoms of the earth
John 17:3-11 Do you know who you are and your allegiance to Christ? 

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May 18

Power of Baptism (Preparation for Pentecost)

Acts 19: 1-8 Baptism of repentance; Baptism that equips
Psalm 68 Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth
John 16:29-33  (Read from my book on gifts)

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May 15

7th Sunday of Easter: Truth and Love

Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26
Psalm 103  The Lord has set his throne in heaven
1John 4:11-16
John 17:11-19

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May 14

The Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:17-23
Mark 16:15-20  gifts depend on growth in faith

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May 13

Our Lady of Fatima

(read the accounts of the apparitions)
Acts 17: 15, 22-18:1   Psalm 148  Heaven and earth are filled with your glory
John 16: 12-15

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May 12

The Forming of Disciples

Acts 16 22-34—God giving tremendous support—soon he will call to live by faith                           
Psalm 138  Your right hand serves me, O Lord
John 16:5-11  The Advocate will come.

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May 11

Preparation for the Coming of the Holy Spirit

Acts 14:5-18
Psalm 115  Not to us O Lord but to your name be the glory
John 14:21-26  Obedience to the word 

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May 8

6th Sunday of Easter May 10

Acts 10:25-26, 34-5, 44-48
Psalm 98  The Lord has revealed to the nations…
1John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17

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May 7

May my joy be in you...

Acts 15:7-21
Psalm 96  Proclaim God's marvelous deeds
John 15:9-11

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May 6

Without me you can do nothing

Acts 15:1-6
Psalm 122 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
John 15:1-8

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May 5

Friendship

Acts 14:19-28—They spent no little time…
Psalm 145  Your friends make know the glorious splendor…
John 14:27-31—my favorite passage (one of…) See page 73

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May 4

Not to us, but to you be the glory

Acts 14:5-18
Psalm 115  Not to us O Lord but to your name be the glory
John 14:21-26  Obedience to the word 

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May 1

For May 3 (5th Sunday of Easter)

Acts 9:26-31
Psalm 22 I will praise you Lord in the assembly of your people
1John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8  

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April 30

Humility

Acts 13:13-25---humility
Psalm 89  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord
John 13:16-20—humble act that leads to proclamation of I AM

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April 29

St. Catherine of Siena

Acts 12:24-13:5
Psalm 67 O God let all the nations praise you
John 12:44-50—essential gospel to understand—I did not speak on my own…

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April 28

My sheep hear my voice

Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 87  All you nations, praise the Lord
John 10:22-30 

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April 27

Trust in the Lord

Acts 11:1-18
Psalms 42-43  Athirst is my soul for the living God
John 10:1-10—I am the gate—come through me to safety…

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April 24

for April 26 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12—The power in Peter
Psalm 118  The stone rejected by the builders has…
1John 3:1-2                Gospel:  John 10:11-18

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April 23

Joy comes with truth

Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 66  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy
John 6:44-51 Power of the Eucharist: enlightens the mind; strengthens my will

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April 22

Believe and follow

Acts 8:1-8  persecution and scattered…
Psalm 66 Let all the earth cry out to God with joy
John 6:35-40  Anyone who sees the Son and believes in Him…your kingdom come…total dependence

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April 21

True faith

Acts 7:51-8:1
Psalm 31  Into your hands Lord I commend my spirit
John 6:30-35—always looking for signs (When will you truly believe?)

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April 20

Stephen, our first martyr

Acts 6:8-15
Psalm 119  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord
John 6:22-29 you looked for me not because you saw signs…why do we look for Christ (for Himself or for what he can give me…)

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April 17

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4  Lord, let your face shine on us
1John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

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April 16

Obey God rather than men

Acts 5:27-33
Psalm 34  The Lord hears the cry of the poor
John 3:31-36  God does not ration the gift of the Spirit

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April 15

Obedience

Acts 5:17-26  Obedience to Jesus
Psalm 34—The Lord hears the cry of the poor…
John 3:16-21  Live the truth; live in the light

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April 14

Living faith in Christ

Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93—The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty
John 3: 7-15 –Lift up Christ (See Pope Francis p. 131-32)

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April 13

The fruit of faith

Acts 4:23-31—courage of apostles
Psalm 2  Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord
John 3:1-8  Baptism is real!!The Holy Spirit is real; even if your senses can’t “see”

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