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February 4, 2019

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The first reading describes the great and inspiring faith of many in the Old Testament. Jesus crosses the Sea of Galilee into the territory of the Gerasenes. Jesus casts out a demon from a man into a herd of swine. The terrified population begs Jesus to leave them.

The power of God is at work in our lives.

Jesus performs a powerful miracle, delivering a man possessed by a demon. The man is grateful and wants to follows Jesus, but the locals are terrified and beg Jesus to leave. Our life of discipleship is determined by how we respond to the working of God’s grace in and for us. A grateful heart for his many gifts allows his power to work through us for the good of the world. Let us pray for missionaries in the Church, may God sustain and uphold them. Amen.

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 323

Reading 1 Heb 11:32-40

Brothers and sisters:
What more shall I say?
I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
of David and Samuel and the prophets,
who by faith conquered kingdoms,
did what was righteous, obtained the promises;
they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,
escaped the devouring sword;
out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle,
and turned back foreign invaders.
Women received back their dead through resurrection.
Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance,
in order to obtain a better resurrection.
Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point;
they went about in skins of sheep or goats,
needy, afflicted, tormented.
The world was not worthy of them.
They wandered about in deserts and on mountains,
in caves and in crevices in the earth.

Yet all these, though approved because of their faith,
did not receive what had been promised.
God had foreseen something better for us,
so that without us they should not be made perfect.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  1. (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    How great is the goodness, O LORD,
    which you have in store for those who fear you,
    And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
    you show in the sight of the children of men.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men;
    You screen them within your abode
    from the strife of tongues.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed be the LORD whose wondrous mercy
    he has shown me in a fortified city.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    Once I said in my anguish,
    “I am cut off from your sight”;
    Yet you heard the sound of my pleading
    when I cried out to you.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
    The LORD keeps those who are constant,
    but more than requites those who act proudly.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Alleluia Lk 7:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has arisen in our midst
    and God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 5:1-20

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
to the territory of the Gerasenes.
When he got out of the boat,
at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
crying out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
(He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
He asked him, “What is your name?”

He  replied, “Legion is my name.  There are many of us.”
And he pleaded earnestly with him
not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
And they pleaded with him,
“Send us into the swine.  Let us enter them.”
And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
where they were drowned.
The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
and throughout the countryside.
And people came out to see what had happened.
As they approached Jesus,
they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
to the possessed man and to the swine.
Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
“Go home to your family and announce to them
all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

 

February 5, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

In the letter to the Hebrews today, the author challenges the community to rise above and persevere in their trials by keeping their eyes fixed on Jesus. In Mark’s Gospel, Jairus’ daughter and a woman with a hemorrhage are given new life through faith.

Our faith in Jesus opens us to his saving power.

Our steadfast belief in Jesus can change rejection into acceptance, illness into wholeness and death into life, not only for ourselves, but for those who witness our belief in him. Let us pray for the Church, may God heal all division among his people by helping us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 324

Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,
in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32

  1. (see 27b) They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.
    I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him.
    The lowly shall eat their fill;
    they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
    “May your hearts be ever merry!”
    R. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.
    All the ends of the earth
    shall remember and turn to the LORD;
    All the families of the nations
    shall bow down before him.
    To him alone shall bow down
    all who sleep in the earth;
    Before him shall bend
    all who go down into the dust.
    R. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.
    And to him my soul shall live;
    my descendants shall serve him.
    Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
    that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
    the justice he has shown.
    R. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.

Alleluia Mt 8:17

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ took away our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him
and a large crowd followed him.
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to him,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

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

 

February 6, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions Martyrs

The author of Hebrews encourages the community not to fear challenges and trials, for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines. For the believers, these trials can become grace-filled moments of righteousness. In the Gospel, Jesus is amazed by the lack of faith in his native place.

A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.

It is likely that most of us have not only heard this phrase, but experienced it in some way. It can be difficult to witness to, or lead in discipleship, those who “know us best”. Instead of accepting this, however, we must persevere and let them know what God has done in his grace and mercy. Let us pray for all who are alienated god and his Church, may the Holy Spirit open their hearts so they may respond to Christ’s message of love and healing. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 325

Reading 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15

Brothers and sisters:
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:

My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.

Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as his sons.
For what Ason” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.

Strive for peace with everyone,
and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God,
that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble,
through which many may become defiled.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a

  1. (see 17)  The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    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’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
    For he knows how we are formed;
    he remembers that we are dust.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
    to eternity toward those who fear him,
    And his justice toward children’s children
    among those who keep his covenant.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Alleluia Jn 10:27

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

For the readings of the Memorial of Saints Paul Miki and Companions, please go here.

 

February 7, 2019

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The first reading affirms that we have been blessed to approach the glory of the Lord: Jesus the mediator or a new covenant. The Gospel tells how Jesus commissioned the Apostles to go out in pairs to preach, anoint and heal, brining nothing with them.

Jesus calls forth the Twelve Apostles and sends them out in pairs as an extension of his own mission.

The Twelve who are sent out by Jesus represent the twelve tribes of Israel. We ponder what it would have felt like to be charged with Jesus’ mission to preach the Good News, yet be utterly dependent on God’s providence – taking no food, money or bag. Let us pray for all members of the Church, may the Holy Spirit give us a fresh outpouring of his gifts. Amen.

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 326

Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
and storm and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,
“I am terrified and trembling.”
No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently
than that of Abel.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11

  1. (see 10)  O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
    Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
    His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
    is the joy of all the earth.
    R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
    Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
    the city of the great King.
    God is with her castles;
    renowned is he as a stronghold.
    R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
    As we had heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the LORD of hosts,
    In the city of our God;
    God makes it firm forever.
    R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.
    O God, we ponder your mercy
    within your temple.
    As your name, O God, so also your praise
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Of justice your right hand is full.
    R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Alleluia Mk 1:15

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand;
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
–no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 

February 8, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani; Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin

The author of Hebrews reminds his readers how to lead virtuous lives. He encourages them to imitate spiritual leaders. Saint Mark tells of John’s beheading at the request of Herod’s wife and daughter.

Proclaim the Good News with confident trust in God.

If we follow the commandments and act according to the instructions we find in Scripture, we can be confident that God is with us. Let us work to emulate John the Baptist, who proclaimed the kingdom of God without fear. Jesus, who is unchanging, will be our helper and will not abandon us. Let us pray for all of us, may we be strengthened with the grace to share the Gospel with all, especially those who have not met Christ. Amen.

Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 327

Reading 1 Heb13:1-8

Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9abc

  1. (1a)  The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart will not fear;
    Though war be waged upon me,
    even then will I trust.
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    For he will hide me in his abode
    in the day of trouble;
    He will conceal me in the shelter of his tent,
    he will set me high upon a rock.
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
    Hide not your face from me;
    do not in anger repel your servant.
    You are my helper: cast me not off.
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Alleluia See Lk 8:15

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart,
    and yield a harvest through perseverance.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
and people were saying,
“John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
That is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Others were saying, “He is Elijah”;
still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”
But when Herod learned of it, he said,
“It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”

She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani, please go here.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Josephine Bakhita, please go here.

 

February 9, 2019

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Saturday in honor of BVM.

The author of Hebrews reminds his readers to share what they have, and God will give them all that is good. Jesus calls the Apostles to come away and rest with him, for the people have many needs. He recognizes that the people are like lost sheep and begins to teach them.

God guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Accepting God’s will requires hard work and discipline. A consistent prayer life and reception of the sacraments affords us the grace to carry out his will in our lives. Let us pray for the sick and those care for them, may Christ, the Divine Physician, bring them comfort and consolation. Amen.

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 328

Reading 1 Heb 13:15-17, 20-21

Brothers and sisters:
Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.

Obey your leaders and defer to them,
for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,
that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow,
for that would be of no advantage to you.

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead
the great shepherd of the sheep
by the Blood of the eternal covenant,
furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.
May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-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.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    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 Jn 10:27

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:30-34

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

 

February 10, 2019

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The first reading recounts the calling of Isaiah, how the seraphim of the Lord came to him with an ember, touched his lips with it, and said, your wickedness is removed. In the second reading, Paul recounts his own calling by the Lord, and outlines the faith that has been handed on to him, which he now hands on to the Corinthians. In the Gospel, we hear the account of Jesus’ calling to discipleship Simon Peter, James and John.

With God’s grace, let us follow as faithful disciples.

Today we consider the encounter between Jesus and Simon, who abandons all to follow the Lord. Like Simon, we are being called little by little, day by day, to say yes to Jesus. With God’s grace, let us follow as faithful disciples. Let us pray for the leaders of the Church, that God may continually purify their hearts, inspiring them to respond joyfully to his call. Amen.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 75

Reading 1 Is 6:1-2a, 3-8

In the year King Uzziah died,
I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,
with the train of his garment filling the temple.
Seraphim were stationed above.

They cried one to the other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
All the earth is filled with his glory!”
At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook
and the house was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips;
yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

He touched my mouth with it, and said,
“See, now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send?  Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8

  1. (1c) In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name.
    R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
    Because of your kindness and your truth;
    for you have made great above all things
    your name and your promise.
    When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.
    R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
    All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
    when they hear the words of your mouth;
    and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD:
    “Great is the glory of the LORD.”
    R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
    Your right hand saves me.
    The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
    your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
    forsake not the work of your hands.
    R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

Reading 2 1 Cor 15:1-11

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, Christ appeared to more
than five hundred brothers at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.
For I am the least of the apostles,
not fit to be called an apostle,
because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective.
Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them;
not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me.
Therefore, whether it be I or they,
so we preach and so you believed.

Or 1 Cor 15:3-8, 11

Brothers and sisters,
I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one abnormally born,
he appeared to me.
Therefore, whether it be I or they,
so we preach and so you believed.

Alleluia Mt 4:19

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come after me
    and I will make you fishers of men.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening
to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.