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February 18, 2019

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The first reading tells the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, and the subsequent birth of another brother named Seth. The murder was the result of Cain’s resentment of Abel. In the Gospel, Jesus refuses to give the Pharisees a sign that he has been sent by God. He reacts with the sigh from the depth of his spirit.

Jesus is never hidden from us.

The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign of his relationship to God. Jesus refused. He had been giving them signs since he started his public ministry, but no number of cures, no miraculous feedings, not even testimony from John the Baptist would suffice. Those who do not want to see, never will see. But Jesus, and his relationship to the Father, is never hidden from us. We do not have to look hard, but simply open our eyes of faith. Let us pray for all of us may grow in faith, and trust our most difficult decision to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 335

Reading 1 Gn 4:1-15, 25

The man had relations with his wife Eve,
and she conceived and bore Cain, saying,
“I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.”
Next she bore his brother Abel.
Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil.
In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD
from the fruit of the soil,
while Abel, for his part,
brought one of the best firstlings of his flock.
The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
but on Cain and his offering he did not.
Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen.
So the LORD said to Cain:
“Why are you so resentful and crestfallen.
If you do well, you can hold up your head;
but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door:
his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”
When they were in the field,
Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the LORD asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
He answered, “I do not know.
Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The LORD then said:  “What have you done!
Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil!
Therefore you shall be banned from the soil
that opened its mouth to receive
your brother’s blood from your hand.
If you till the soil, it shall no longer give you its produce.
You shall become a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Cain said to the LORD:  “My punishment is too great to bear.
Since you have now banished me from the soil,
and I must avoid your presence
and become a restless wanderer on the earth,
anyone may kill me at sight.”
“Not so!” the LORD said to him.
“If anyone kills Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold.”
So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight.

Adam again had relations with his wife,
and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth.
“God has granted me more offspring in place of Abel,” she said,
“because Cain slew him.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21

  1. (14a)  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
    God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    “Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
    for your burnt offerings are before me always.”
    R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
    “Why do you recite my statutes,
    and profess my covenant with your mouth
    Though you hate discipline
    and cast my words behind you?”
    R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
    “You sit speaking against your brother;
    against your mother’s son you spread rumors.
    When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
    Or do you think that I am like yourself?
    I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.”
    R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

Alleluia Jn 14:6

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.

 

February 19, 2019

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In our reading from Genesis, Noah obeys God, building an ark and filling it with animals according to God’s instruction, and the water of the food came upon the earth. In today’s Gospel, the disciples misunderstand as Jesus warns against the leaven of the Pharisees. He questions them, trying to draw their focus to heavenly, not earthly, realities.

Trust in the power of God.

It can be difficult in the power of God when we do not quite understand what it is God is doing for us. Jesus was surrounded by people who either misunderstood, or refused to see, what God was doing for them. We have the benefit of knowing that even when things are unclear here on earth, God’s ultimate plan is for our salvation. We can trust in the power of God for that. Let us pray all members of the Church, may God’s grace strengthen us to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom. Amen.

Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 336

Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10

When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved.

So the LORD said:
“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,
and not only the men,
but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,
for I am sorry that I made them.”
But Noah found favor with the LORD.

Then the LORD said to Noah:
“Go into the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.
Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs,
a male and its mate;
and of the unclean animals, one pair,
a male and its mate;
likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs,
a male and a female,
and of all the unclean birds, one pair,
a male and a female.
Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth.
Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights,
and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth
every moving creature that I have made.”
Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him.

As soon as the seven days were over,
the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10

  1. (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
    give to the LORD glory and praise,
    Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
    adore the LORD in holy attire.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
    the LORD, over vast waters.
    The voice of the LORD is mighty;
    the voice of the LORD is majestic.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The God of glory thunders,
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
    The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
    the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Alleluia Jn 14:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
    and my Father will love him
    and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

 

February 20, 2019

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As the story of Noah evolves in the book of Genesis, Noah tests to see if the waters of the flood have dried up. After exiting the ark, he builds an altar to the Lord. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus restores the sight of the blind man by putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him.

Our encounters with Christ can open our eyes to faith and open our hearts to receive the power of God’s love.

In today’s Gospel, we are drawn into an event that reveals the power of God’s love and healing. As the blind man’s sight is restored, we, too, can see how faith and an encounter with Christ can heal us from whatever burdens us. We also can see the love that Christ brings to us, and – through us – to the world. Let us pray for the Church throughout the world, may the Lord abundantly bless her in her witness to God’s love and mercy. Amen.

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 337

Reading 1 Gn 8:6-13, 20-22

At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,
and he sent out a raven,
to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.
Then he sent out a dove,
to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,
and it returned to him in the ark,
for there was water all over the earth.
Putting out his hand, he caught the dove
and drew it back to him inside the ark.
He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark.
In the evening the dove came back to him,
and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf!
So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth.
He waited still another seven days
and then released the dove once more;
and this time it did not come back.

In the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life,
in the first month, on the first day of the month,
the water began to dry up on the earth.
Noah then removed the covering of the ark
and saw that the surface of the ground was drying up.

Noah built an altar to the LORD,
and choosing from every clean animal and every clean bird,
he offered burnt offerings on the altar.
When the LORD smelled the sweet odor, he said to himself:
“Never again will I doom the earth because of man
since the desires of man’s heart are evil from the start;
nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done.
As long as the earth lasts,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
and day and night
shall not cease.”

Responsorial Psalm pS 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

  1. (17a)  To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
    The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
    Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people,
    In the courts of the house of the LORD,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Eph 1:17-18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
    enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
    that we may know what is the hope
    that belongs to his call.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 8:22-26

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
“Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

 

February 21, 2019

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The first readings from Genesis finds Noah, after the flood, in conversation with God who blesses Noah and his family and enters into a covenant with him and his descendants. Mark’s Gospel shows Jesus traveling the road of his ministry with his disciples. He asks them. Who do you say that I am?

Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah who is God’s promise fulfilled.

God blesses Noah and marks the skies with a rainbow to signify his covenant with the people. This is a new beginning, a solemn promise from God. Jesus carries the covenant forward: he is the anointed one, the Messiah fulfilling God’s promise. He is our ultimate salvation, and his ministry teaches us how to live as members of God’s sacred family. Let us pray for the presence of our holy church in the world may reveal the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the nations. Amen.

Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 338

Reading 1 Gn 9:1-13

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:
“Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.
Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth
and all the birds of the air,
upon all the creatures that move about on the ground
and all the fishes of the sea;
into your power they are delivered.
Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;
I give them all to you as I did the green plants.
Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat.
For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting:
from every animal I will demand it,
and from one man in regard to his fellow man
I will demand an accounting for human life.

If anyone sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed;
For in the image of God
has man been made.

Be fertile, then, and multiply;
abound on earth and subdue it.”

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
“See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23

  1. (20b)  From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory,
    When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
    and appeared in his glory;
    When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
    and not despised their prayer.
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    Let this be written for the generation to come,
    and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
    “The LORD looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven he beheld the earth,
    To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
    to release those doomed to die.”
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    The children of your servants shall abide,
    and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
    That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion,
    and his praise, in Jerusalem,
    When the peoples gather together,
    and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Alleluia See Jn 6:63c, 68c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 8:27-33

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”

Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Damian, please go here.

 

February 22, 2019

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The chair of saint Peter the Apostle

In the first reading, Saint Peter exhorts early Christian leaders to tend their flocks willingly and eagerly, and to be an example to them. In the Gospel, Simon Peter declares that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus then calls Simon “Peter,” and states that he is the rock upon which Jesus will build his Church

Tend to each other willingly and by example

All who embrace the faith would do well to follow Saint Peter’s advice to lead and tend to others in the faith by following the example of Christ. This means cultivating and demonstrating the gifts of humility and joyfulness. We, like Peter, are fellow witnesses to the suffering and glory of Christ. Announcing the Gospel to the world is our charge, and through the examples of our lives in Christ we may bring others to him. Let us pray for all who shepherd our Church that the Holy Spirit may continue to guide them in holiness and fidelity. Amen.

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle
Lectionary: 535

Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4

Beloved:
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6

  1. (1)  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    Beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    With your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Alleluia Mt 16:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church;
    the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 

February 23, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

In the first reading, we are reminded that Abel, Enoch and Noah all did the will of God because of their strong faith. Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James and John in today’s Gospel passage.

We are the next generation of believers

It is now our responsibility, and not another’s, to witness our faith in Jesus Christ. Though we have not physically seen Jesus in his human form, we encounter him in the Sacraments, and are called to do his will. Let us pray for those who do not know God, may the witness of our faith help bring them to Christ. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 340

Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,
so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.
By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s.
Through this, he was attested to be righteous,
God bearing witness to his gifts,
and through this, though dead, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death,
and he was found no more because God had taken him.
Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him,
for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen,
with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household.
Through this, he condemned the world
and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11

  1. (see 1)  I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Generation after generation praises your works
    and proclaims your might.
    They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
    and tell of your wondrous works.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Alleluia See Mk 9:6

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
    This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:2-13

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
then from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.
Then they asked him,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things,
yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man
that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that Elijah has come
and they did to him whatever they pleased,
as it is written of him.”

For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Polycarp, please go here.

 

February 24 2019

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In the first reading, David does not allow anyone to harm Saul when they have the opportunity to do so, and makes it clear to Saul’s troops what he did. In Corinthians, Paul describes Jesus as the Second Adam, the spiritual man. Jesus, in the Gospel, explains to his disciples all that the commandment “to love” entails.

Jesus challenges us to act with love.

Being a Christian – truly following Jesus – isn’t easy. Today’s Gospel is a reminder of that fact. Jesus describes what it means to act with love. He challenges us to do what seems humanly impossible: to love our enemies and forgive those who hurt us. These are not easy tasks! Only with the help of Jesus can we truly do what he commands. Let us pray for all of us, may God’s wisdom show us how to be compassionate and forgiving toward others. Amen.

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 81

Reading 1 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23

In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziph
with three thousand picked men of Israel,
to search for David in the desert of Ziph.
So David and Abishai went among Saul’s soldiers by night
and found Saul lying asleep within the barricade,
with his spear thrust into the ground at his head
and Abner and his men sleeping around him.

Abishai whispered to David:
“God has delivered your enemy into your grasp this day.
Let me nail him to the ground with one thrust of the spear;
I will not need a second thrust!”
But David said to Abishai, “Do not harm him,
for who can lay hands on the LORD’s anointed and remain unpunished?”
So David took the spear and the water jug from their place at Saul’s         head,
and they got away without anyone’s seeing or knowing or awakening.
All remained asleep,
because the LORD had put them into a deep slumber.

Going across to an opposite slope,
David stood on a remote hilltop
at a great distance from Abner, son of Ner, and the troops.
He said: “Here is the king’s spear.
Let an attendant come over to get it.
The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness.
Today, though the LORD delivered you into my grasp,
I would not harm the LORD’s anointed.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13

  1. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
    slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
    Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
    nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions from us.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Reading 2 1 Cor 15:45-49

Brothers and sisters:
It is written, The first man, Adam, became a living being,
the last Adam a life-giving spirit.
But the spiritual was not first;
rather the natural and then the spiritual.
The first man was from the earth, earthly;
the second man, from heaven.
As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,
and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly.
Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.

Alleluia Jn 13:34

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
    love one another as I have loved you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say,
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give, and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”