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February 11, 2019

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Memorial Our Lady of Lourdes

In the reading from Genesis, we hear of God’s creation of the earth, the sky and the lights of the heavens. God sees that all he creates is good. In Mark’s Gospel, people recognize Jesus in his goodness and bring their sick and suffering to him to be touched and healed.

God and all he creates are good.

God is pure goodness who created us out of that goodness and love, and wants only the good for us. Jesus is this perfect goodness in human form, the image of God’s wisdom in the flesh. His goodness draws us to him and empowers us to imitate it. Let us pray for our deceased loved ones, may they enjoy eternal happiness with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Amen.

Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 329

Reading 1 Gn1:1-19

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day.

Then God said,
“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome “the sky.”
Evening came, and morning followed–the second day.

Then God said,
“Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear.”
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land “the earth,”
and the basin of the water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it.”
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that
bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the third day.

Then God said:
“Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,

and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c

  1. (31b)  May the Lord be glad in his works.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    You are clothed with majesty and glory,
    robed in light as with a cloak.
    R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
    You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
    not to be moved forever;
    With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
    above the mountains the waters stood.
    R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
    You send forth springs into the watercourses
    that wind among the mountains.
    Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
    from among the branches they send forth their song.
    R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
    How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    In wisdom you have wrought them all—
    the earth is full of your creatures;
    Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
    R. May the Lord be glad in his works.

Alleluia See Mt 4:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, please go here.

 

February 12, 2019

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The first reading is a continuation of the creation story, where all living creatures came into being and man was made in the divine image of God. God declared all of creation very good. In the Gospel, Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites because they worried about the outward cleansing of their hands but neglected God’s commandments such as honoring one’s father and mother.

God calls us to have clean hearts that honor his commandments.

Outward  rituals are meaningless if a person’s heart is disobedient. God wants us to obey his word and to love him with all that is within us. Going through the motions of worship isn’t enough. We must ask him to cleanse our hearts and then respond to his work within us. Let us pray for all of us, may the Holy Spirit increase us is holiness and bless our efforts to bring the light of Christ to the world. Amen.

Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 330

Reading 1 Gn 1:20—2:4a

God said,
“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,
and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”
and so it happened:
God created the great sea monsters
and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,
and all kinds of winged birds.
God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,
“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;
and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
Evening came, and morning followed–the fifth day.

Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures:
cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.”
and so it happened:
God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle,
and all kinds of creeping things of the earth.
God saw how good it was.
Then God said:
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,
and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

God created man in his image;
in the divine image he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said:
“See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,
I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Evening came, and morning followed–the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed.
Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing,
he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.
So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.

Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

  1. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars which you set in place—
    What is man that you should be mindful of him,
    or the son of man that you should care for him?
    R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    You have made him little less than the angels,
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
    You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
    putting all things under his feet.
    R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    All sheep and oxen,
    yes, and the beasts of the field,
    The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
    and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
    R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Alleluia Ps 119:36, 29b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
    And favor me with your law.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 7:1-13

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
(For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds.)
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,
as it is written:

This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”
He went on to say,
“How well you have set aside the commandment of God
in order to uphold your tradition!
For Moses said,
Honor your father and your mother,
and Whoever curses father or mother shall die.
Yet you say,
‘If someone says to father or mother,
“Any support you might have had from me is qorban”‘
(meaning, dedicated to God),
you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.
You nullify the word of God
in favor of your tradition that you have handed on.
And you do many such things.”

 

February 13, 2019

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Today we hear how the Lord God formed and gave life to a man, and placed him in a bountiful garden with an expressed command about what he may and may not eat. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that the actions that stem from the heart are a clearer indication of obedience to God’s commands than the observance of dietary laws.

Our actions reveal whether or not our hearts are truly converted to the way of the Gospel.

There many rules and guidelines about how to practice our faith. But today, Jesus reminds us that those external practices mean little when we haven’t taken the time to start with what is the true source of obedience to God: the conversion of our own heart to the way of the Gospel. Let us pray for the Church that through the ministry of her people the Spirit may continue to strengthen our unity as the Body of Christ. Amen.

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 331

Reading 1 Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17

At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens —
while as yet there was no field shrub on earth
and no grass of the field had sprouted,
for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earth
and there was no man to till the soil,
but a stream was welling up out of the earth
and was watering all the surface of the ground —
the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and so man became a living being.

Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
and he placed there the man whom he had formed.
Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow
that were delightful to look at and good for food,
with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The LORD God then took the man
and settled him in the garden of Eden,
to cultivate and care for it.
The LORD God gave man this order:
“You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden
except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
From that tree you shall not eat;
the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30

  1. (1a) O bless the Lord, my soul!
    Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    You are clothed with majesty and glory,
    robed in light as with a cloak.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul!
    All creatures look to you
    to give them food in due time.
    When you give it to them, they gather it;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul!
    If you take away their breath, they perish
    and return to their dust.
    When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul!

Alleluia See Jn 17:17b, 17a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your word, O Lord, is truth:
    consecrate us in the truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd
his disciples questioned him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are even you likewise without understanding?
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.)
“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”

 

February 14, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Cyril, monk, and Methodius, Bishop.

Genesis continues to tell the story of creation. God creates Eve from the flesh of Adam and presents her to him as a suitable partner. In the Gospel, Jesus’ fame has gone before him as he encounters the Syrophoenician woman who seek healing for her daughter. Because of her faith in Jesus, her daughter is healed.

God is both Creator and Healer of humanity

God’s love and compassion is so abundant and plentiful that it overflows across boundaries, peoples and generations. The God who creates us never hesitates to redeem and to heal those whom he has created, and who seek him out in love and repentance. Let us pray for all civil leaders, may they be inspired to listen to God’s word. Amen.

Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop
Lectionary: 332

Reading 1 Gn 2:18-25

The LORD God said:
“It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs
and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman
the rib that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called ‘woman,’
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

  1. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
    who walk in his ways!
    For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
    blessed shall you be, and favored.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    in the recesses of your home;
    Your children like olive plants
    around your table.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Behold, thus is the man blessed
    who fears the LORD.
    The LORD bless you from Zion:
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Alleluia Jas 1:21bc

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
    and is able to save your souls.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 7:24-30

Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
For it is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied and said to him,
“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
and the demon gone.

For the readings of the Memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius, please go here.

 

February 15, 2019

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In the Garden of Eden, the serpent convinces Eve that if they eat the forbidden fruit, she and Adam will be like gods. They disobey God and, feeling ashamed, hide from him. In the Gospel, Jesus heals a man of his deafness and speech impediment.

Trust that God gives us what we need.

Though God gave Adam and Eve fruit to eat from all the trees in the Garden of Eden except for one, they did not trust that this was all they needed. This distrust led to sin and shame. Conversely, people in the Gospel story today trusted Jesus to provide what the deaf man needed, which was healing. Trust allows us to accept God’s promises and to have faith that he always gives us what we need. Let us pray for all of us, may the Lord bless us with the grace to trust in his goodness. Amen.

Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 333

Reading 1 Gn 3:1-8

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
“Did God really tell you not to eat
from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree
in the middle of the garden that God said,
‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman:
“You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized that they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together
and made loincloths for themselves.

When they heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the garden
at the breezy time of the day,
the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God
among the trees of the garden.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7

  1. (1a) Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
    Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
    whose sin is covered.
    Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
    in whose spirit there is no guile.
    R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    my guilt I covered not.
    I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
    and you took away the guilt of my sin.
    R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
    For this shall every faithful man pray to you
    in time of stress.
    Though deep waters overflow,
    they shall not reach him.
    R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
    You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
    with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
    R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

Alleluia See Acts 16:14b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our hearts, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 7:31-37

Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

 

February 16, 2019

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Saturday in honor of BVM.

God recognizes that Adam has eaten fruit from the forbidden tree, and so, casts him and Eve out from the garden. In the Gospel, Jesus feeds a great crowd that has been following him for three days, in an act that anticipates the Eucharistic meal.

All sustenance comes from God, who created us in his image and likeness.

From the Creation accounts, we know that we were made in the image and likeness of God – that all things come from God and are given to us for our sustenance. Rejection of what God gives us leads to our separation from him – just as Adam and Eve were separated from God in their banishment from Eden. Jesus heals that separation. His very existence is the ultimate example of God provision for us, providing both physical and spiritual nourishment. Let us pray for all of us may be given the wisdom to discern what is good and what is evil and live in righteousness. Amen.

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 334

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-24

The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with meB
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
On your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

To the woman he said:

“I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing;
in pain shall you bring forth children.
Yet your urge shall be for your husband,
and he shall be your master.”

To the man he said:  “Because you listened to your wife
and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

“Cursed be the ground because of you!
In toil shall you eat its yield
all the days of your life.
Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you,
as you eat of the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
shall you get bread to eat,
Until you return to the ground,
from which you were taken;
For you are dirt,
and to dirt you shall return.”

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

For the man and his wife the LORD God made leather garments,
with which he clothed them.
Then the LORD God said: “See!  The man has become like one of us,
knowing what is good and what is evil!
Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand
to take fruit from the tree of life also,
and thus eat of it and live forever.”
The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden,
to till the ground from which he had been taken.
When he expelled the man,
he settled him east of the garden of Eden;
and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword,
to guard the way to the tree of life.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13

  1. (1)  In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    Before the mountains were begotten
    and the earth and the world were brought forth,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    You turn man back to dust,
    saying, “Return, O children of men.”
    For a thousand years in your sight
    are as yesterday, now that it is past,
    or as a watch of the night.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    You make an end of them in their sleep;
    the next morning they are like the changing grass,
    Which at dawn springs up anew,
    but by evening wilts and fades.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    Teach us to number our days aright,
    that we may gain wisdom of heart.
    Return, O LORD! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Alleluia Mt 4:4b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 8:1-10

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way,
and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.

He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

 

February 17, 2019

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In the first reading, trusting in the Lord brings a refreshing life of abundance. Saint Paul, in the second reading, says that Christ’s resurrection brings life to all who believe. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches the beatitudes.

Blessed is the one who trust in the Lord.

Faith in the power of the Resurrection gives way to a righteous and fruitful life eternal. Trusting in the Lord, and striving to live the beatitudes in our everyday lives, yields much fruit. Let us pray for church leaders, may the Lord continue to guide and inspire them and keep them faithful to his Gospel. Amen.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 78

Reading 1 Jer 17:5-8

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
but stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
it fears not the heat when it comes;
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

  1. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked,
    nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
    but delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
    that yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Reading 2 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20

Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised,
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain;
you are still in your sins.
Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are the most pitiable people of all.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Alleluia Lk 6:23ab

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Rejoice and be glad;
    your reward will be great in heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:17, 20-26

Jesus came down with the twelve
and stood on a stretch of level ground
with a great crowd of his disciples
and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way.”