2017

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

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 3

Serve and serve again

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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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