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September 3, 2018

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In the First Reading Corinthians, Paul reminds his readers that he spoke with the power of the Lord’s Spirit, and not of his own human wisdom. In the Gospel, Jesus tells those attending synagogue that the prophets: Elijah and Elisha, helped foreigners because the people of the covenant would not listen to the Lord. This angers the congregation and they drive Jesus out of the town.

Let us be aware of the Lord speaking to us through Scripture or in prayer.

How often do we ignore the Lord speaking to us: through Scripture, through another person or in prayer, or through some ordinary happening of the day? Perhaps later we realize the Lord was warning us about something, but we ignored him, and then we pay the price for not being attentive. The Lord is always looking out for our good and our salvation. Let us practice being aware. Let us pray for our church leaders may be fortified by God’s Word working in them. Amen.

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Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Lectionary: 431

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Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5

When I came to you, brothers and sisters,
proclaiming the mystery of God,
I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you
except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,
and my message and my proclamation
were not with persuasive words of wisdom,
but with a demonstration of spirit and power,
so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom
but on the power of God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102

  1. (97) Lord, I love your commands.
    How I love your law, O LORD!
    It is my meditation all the day.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.
    Your command has made me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.
    I have more understanding than all my teachers
    when your decrees are my meditation.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.
    I have more discernment than the elders,
    because I observe your precepts.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.
    From every evil way I withhold my feet,
    that I may keep your words.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.
    From your ordinances I turn not away,
    for you have instructed me.
    R. Lord, I love your commands.

Alleluia See Lk 4:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
    he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 4:16-30

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

 

September 4, 2018

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Paul reminds us that we are given the Holy Spirit from God so that we may understand the things freely given us by God, namely love, mercy and salvation – for we have the mind of Christ. In the Gospel, a man possessed by an unclean spirit recognizes Jesus as the Holy One of God, and Jesus drives the demon from the man without harm. His actions astound those gathered in Capernaum to hear him preach.

The Holy Spirit gives us the mind of Christ.

The mind of Christ helps us to live as God intends, treating others with great love and compassion. In the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to love as Christ loved – to live in the freedom of the hope of salvation. Let us pray for the Church, may we continue to have the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit in promoting peace and justice in our world. Amen.

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Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 432

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Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b-16

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among men, who knows what pertains to the man
except his spirit that is within?
Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit,
describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God,
for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it,
because it is judged spiritually.
The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14

  1. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
    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. The Lord is just in all his ways.
    Making known to men your might
    and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
    Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
    R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
    The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD lifts up all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
    R. The Lord is just in all his ways.

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 Lk 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

 

September 5, 2018

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Saint Paul admonishes the Corinthians for being infants Christ, living, as they are, in rivalry and jealousy. In the Gospel, Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law by rebuking her fever, and cures many others who are sick. When the crowds try to prevent him from leaving. Jesus tells them he must proclaim the Good News to other towns as well.

We are God’s co-workers.

The crowds did not recognize who Jesus was, but the demons did. They knew Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. The crowds knew only that Jesus could heal, so they tried to keep him from leaving and fulfilling his mission. Thinking only in temporary term blinded them. Let us pray for those who suffer from chronic illness may feel the healing hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 433

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Reading 1 1 Cor 3:1-9

Brothers and sisters,
I could not talk to you as spiritual people,
but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.
I fed you milk, not solid food,
because you were unable to take it.
Indeed, you are still not able, even now,
for you are still of the flesh.
While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,
are you not of the flesh, and walking
according to the manner of man?
Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,
“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?

What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul?
Ministers through whom you became believers,
just as the Lord assigned each one.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.
Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but only God, who causes the growth.
He who plants and he who waters are one,
and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor.
For we are God’s co-workers;
you are God’s field, God’s building.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21

  1. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
    From heaven the LORD looks down;
    he sees all mankind.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    From his fixed throne he beholds
    all who dwell on the earth,
    He who fashioned the heart of each,
    he who knows all their works.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield,
    For in him our hearts rejoice;
    in his holy name we trust.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Alleluia Lk 4:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
    and to proclaim liberty to captives.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

 

September 6, 2018

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In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul gives a warning about self-deception and the temptation of thinking oneself wise. In the Gospel of Luke, Simon Peter, James and John receive Jesus the mission of all disciples – to be fishers of men.

Jesus will be with us if we carry out his will.

What does it take for you and me to be fishers of men? To “put out into deep water” as Jesus instructed Simon Peter. Notice that Peter was working, doing what he normally did, when Jesus called him. If we leave ourselves open to the possibility – to opportunities – to encounter Jesus when he calls us, our faith, too, will attract others. Let us pray for all of us so that we would bring witness to the Gospel through our acts of charity in our workplaces, schools and homes. Amen.

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Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 434

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Reading 1 1 Cor 3:18-23

Brothers and sisters:
Let no one deceive himself.
If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,
let him become a fool, so as to become wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,
for it is written:

God catches the wise in their own ruses,

and again:

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,
Paul or Apollos or Cephas,
or the world or life or death,
or the present or the future:
all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

  1. (1) To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
    The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
    Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
    He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
    R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.
    He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
    Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    R. To the Lord belongs the earth and all that fills it.

Alleluia Mt 4:19

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come after me, says the Lord,
    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.

 

September 7, 2018

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In Corinthians, Paul proclaims that judgment will come from the Lord. God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness. Today’s Gospel addresses a question about the practice of fasting. Jesus explains that wedding guests don’t fast while the bridegroom is present, and then he illustrates how things that are old don’t often coincide with those that are new.

We are servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.

There are many times in our lives when we are responsible for the security, safety or integrity of things or information. But nothing is for more infinite value than the obligation, and privilege, we have as a result of our baptism: to live our lives in service of Christ, and as witnesses to the Gospel – bringing hope and the promise of salvation to the world. Let us pray for those who feel lonely or abandoned, may they find comfort in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 435

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Reading 1 1 Cor 4:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now it is of course required of stewards
that they be found trustworthy.
It does not concern me in the least
that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
I do not even pass judgment on myself;
I am not conscious of anything against me,
but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
until the Lord comes,
for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
and then everyone will receive praise from God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40

  1. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    Trust in the LORD and do good,
    that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
    Take delight in the LORD,
    and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    Commit to the LORD your way;
    trust in him, and he will act.
    He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
    bright as the noonday shall be your vindication.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    Turn from evil and do good,
    that you may abide forever;
    For the LORD loves what is right,
    and forsakes not his faithful ones.
    Criminals are destroyed
    and the posterity of the wicked is cut off.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
    he is their refuge in time of distress.
    And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Alleluia Jn 8:12

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.'”

 

September 8, 2018

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In the first reading Micah foretells of Jesus’ ministry as the shepherd of peace and strength from God. In the Gospel, Matthew describes the infancy narrative of Jesus and how his birth came about with Mary and Joseph Bethlehem.

Blessed are we, the chosen people of peaceful shepherd.

We are the chosen people of our God, who came to us as a humble child and taught us through his ministry with peace and strength. Let us pray for our nation, may Our Lady continue to be a beacon of love and care over her children. Amen.

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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 636

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Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a

The LORD says:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
From you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
Whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
And the rest of his brethren shall return
to the children of Israel.)
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
And they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

or Rom 8:28-30

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 13:6ab, 6c

  1. (Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
    Though I trusted in your mercy,
    let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
    R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
    Let me sing of the LORD, “He has been good to me.”
    R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
    from you rose the sun of Justice, Christ our God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”

 

September 9, 2018

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Isaiah tells the people to be strong and not be afraid, for great things are about to happen. In the second reading, we hear from saint James to show no partiality toward those who enter our lives. In the Gospel, Jesus cures a man and then orders the crowd not to tell anyone.

We are called to be open to God’s Word penetrating our hearts today.

It is never a good idea for someone to close themselves off from others. It is never a good idea to close our ears or to be silent to the plight of the most vulnerable among us ”Ephatha! – that is – Be opened!” Let us pray for all members of the Church, may we give witness to the Gospel as we serve as good stewards of God’s gifts to us. Amen.

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 128

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Reading 1 Is 35:4-7a

Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10

  1. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
    secures justice for the oppressed,
    gives food to the hungry.
    The LORD sets captives free.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD gives sight to the blind;
    the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
    The LORD loves the just;
    the LORD protects strangers.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
    but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
    The LORD shall reign forever;
    your God, O Zion, through all generations.
    Alleluia.
    R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 Jas 2:1-5

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, “Sit here, please, ”
while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, ” or “Sit at my feet, ”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?

Alleluia Cf. Mt 4:23

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

Gospel Mk 7:31-37

Again 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.”