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  • Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on September 18, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Reading I 1 Tm 6:13-16 Beloved: I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen. Responsorial Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5 R. (2) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; Give thanks to him; bless his name. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. For he is good: the LORD, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord. Alleluia See Lk 8:15 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 8:4-15 When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.  “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand. “This is the meaning of the parable.  The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,  and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.” - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on September 17, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading I 1 Tm 6:2c-12 Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains. But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. Responsorial Psalm 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20 R.    Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Why should I fear in evil days     when my wicked ensnarers ring me round? They trust in their wealth;     the abundance of their riches is their boast. R.    Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,     or pay his own ransom to God; Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough     to remain alive always and not see destruction. R.    Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Fear not when a man grows rich,     when the wealth of his house becomes great, For when he dies, he shall take none of it;     his wealth shall not follow him down. R.    Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,     “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,” He shall join the circle of his forebears     who shall never more see light. R.    Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Alleluia See Mt 11:25 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 8:1-3 Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources. Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the Church - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Saint Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
    by USCCB on September 16, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Readings for the Memorial of Saint Cornelius, pope and martyr, and Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr Reading I 1 Tm 4:12-16 Beloved: Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate. Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save  both yourself and those who listen to you. Responsorial Psalm 111:7-8, 9, 10 R.    (2) How great are the works of the Lord! The works of his hands are faithful and just;     sure are all his precepts, Reliable forever and ever,     wrought in truth and equity. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! He has sent deliverance to his people;     he has ratified his covenant forever;     holy and awesome is his name. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;     prudent are all who live by it.     His praise endures forever. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! Alleluia Mt 11:28 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 7:36-50 A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
    by USCCB on September 15, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Readings for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Reading I 1 Tm 3:14-16 Beloved: I am writing you, although I hope to visit you soon. But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,     Who was manifested in the flesh,     vindicated in the spirit,     seen by angels,     proclaimed to the Gentiles,     believed in throughout the world,     taken up in glory. Responsorial Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R.    (2) How great are the works of the Lord! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart     in the company and assembly of the just. Great are the works of the LORD,     exquisite in all their delights. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! Majesty and glory are his work,     and his justice endures forever. He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;     gracious and merciful is the LORD. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! He has given food to those who fear him;     he will forever be mindful of his covenant. He has made known to his people the power of his works,     giving them the inheritance of the nations. R.    How great are the works of the Lord! Sequence (Optional) At the cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful Mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, All his bitter anguish bearing, Now at length the sword had passed. Oh, how sad and sore distressed Was that Mother highly blessed Of the sole begotten One! Christ above in torment hangs, She beneath beholds the pangs Of her dying, glorious Son. Is there one who would not weep, ‘Whelmed in miseries so deep, Christ’s dear Mother to behold? Can the human heart refrain From partaking in her pain, In that mother’s pain untold? Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, She beheld her tender Child, All with bloody scourges rent. For the sins of his own nation Saw him hang in desolation Till his spirit forth he sent. O sweet Mother! font of love, Touch my spirit from above, Make my heart with yours accord. Make me feel as you have felt; Make my soul to glow and melt With the love of Christ, my Lord. Holy Mother, pierce me through, In my heart each wound renew Of my Savior crucified. Let me share with you his pain, Who for all our sins was slain, Who for me in torments died. Let me mingle tears with you, Mourning him who mourned for me, All the days that I may live. By the cross with you to stay, There with you to weep and pray, Is all I ask of you to give. Virgin of all virgins blest! Listen to my fond request: Let me share your grief divine. Let me to my latest breath, In my body bear the death Of that dying Son of yours. Wounded with his every wound, Steep my soul till it has swooned In his very Blood away. Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, Lest in flames I burn and die, In his awful judgment day. Christ, when you shall call me hence, Be your Mother my defense, Be your cross my victory. While my body here decays, May my soul your goodness praise, Safe in heaven eternally. Amen.(Alleluia). Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary; without dying you won the Martyr’s crown beneath the Cross of the Lord. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 19:25-27 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. OR: Lk 2:33-35 Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    by USCCB on September 14, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Reading I Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent  looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.     Responsorial Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 R.    (see 7b)  Do not forget the works of the Lord! Hearken, my people, to my teaching;     incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable,     I will utter mysteries from of old. R.    Do not forget the works of the Lord! While he slew them they sought him     and inquired after God again, Remembering that God was their rock     and the Most High God, their redeemer. R.    Do not forget the works of the Lord! But they flattered him with their mouths     and lied to him with their tongues, Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,     nor were they faithful to his covenant. R.    Do not forget the works of the Lord! But he, being merciful, forgave their sin     and destroyed them not; Often he turned back his anger     and let none of his wrath be roused. R.    Do not forget the works of the Lord! Reading II Phil 2:6-11 Brothers and sisters:     Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,         did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.     Rather, he emptied himself,     taking the form of a slave,     coming in human likeness;     and found human in appearance,     he humbled himself,     becoming obedient to death,         even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him     and bestowed on him the name     that is above every name,     that at the name of Jesus     every knee should bend,     of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,     and every tongue confess that     Jesus Christ is Lord,     to the glory of God the Father. Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have redeemed the world. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Jn 3:13-17 Jesus said to Nicodemus: “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
    by USCCB on September 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Readings for the Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church Reading I 1 Tm 2:1-8 Beloved: First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.  This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.     For there is one God.     There is also one mediator between God and men,     the man Christ Jesus,     who gave himself as ransom for all. This was the testimony at the proper time.  For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle (I am speaking the truth, I am not lying), teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.  Responsorial Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9 R.    (6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer. Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,     lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine. R.    Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer. The LORD is my strength and my shield. In him my heart trusts, and I find help;     then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks. R.    Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer. The LORD is the strength of his people,     the saving refuge of his anointed. Save your people, and bless your inheritance;     feed them, and carry them forever! R.    Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer. Alleluia Jn 3:16 R. Alleluia, alleluia. God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 7:1-10 When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come here, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health. - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on September 12, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Reading I Is 50:5-9a The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled,     have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me,     my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield     from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,     therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint,     knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right;     if anyone wishes to oppose me,     let us appear together. Who disputes my right?     Let that man confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help;     who will prove me wrong? Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 R. (9)    I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. or: R.    Alleluia. I love the LORD because he has heard     my voice in supplication, Because he has inclined his ear to me     the day I called. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. or: R.    Alleluia. The cords of death encompassed me;     the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;     I fell into distress and sorrow, And I called upon the name of the LORD,     “O LORD, save my life!” R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. or: R. Alleluia. Gracious is the LORD and just;     yes, our God is merciful. The LORD keeps the little ones;     I was brought low, and he saved me. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. or: R. Alleluia. For he has freed my soul from death,     my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the LORD     in the land of the living. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. or: R. Alleluia. Reading II Jas 2:14-18 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.”  Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. Alleluia Gal 6:14 R. Alleluia, alleluia. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. R. Alleluia, alleluia.   Gospel Mk 8:27-35 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.” He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.