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Reading 1 Sir 35:1-12To keep the law is a great oblation,and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.In works of charity one offers fine flour,and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise.To refrain from evil pleases the LORD,and to avoid injustice is an atonement.Appear not before the LORD empty-handed,for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts.The just one's offering enriches the altarand rises as a sweet odor before the Most High.The just one's sacrifice is most pleasing,nor will it ever be forgotten.In a generous spirit pay homage to the LORD,be not sparing of freewill gifts.With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.Give to the Most High as he has given to you,generously, according to your means.For the LORD is one who always repays,and he will give back to you sevenfold.But offer no bribes, these he does not accept!Trust not in sacrifice of the fruits of extortion.For he is a God of justice,who knows no favorites.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God."Gather my faithful ones before me,those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."And the heavens proclaim his justice;for God himself is the judge.R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God."Hear, my people, and I will speak;Israel, I will testify against you;God, your God, am I.Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,for your burnt offerings are before me always."R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God."Offer to God praise as your sacrificeand fulfill your vows to the Most High.He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
Alleluia see mt 11:25R. 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 Mk 10:28-31Peter began to say to Jesus,'We have given up everything and followed you."Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you,there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sistersor mother or father or children or landsfor my sake and for the sake of the Gospelwho will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:houses and brothers and sistersand mothers and children and lands,with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first."
Posted: February 28, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Sir 17:20-24To the penitent God provides a way back,he encourages those who are losing hopeand has chosen for them the lot of truth.Return to him and give up sin,pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,hate intensely what he loathes,and know the justice and judgments of God,Stand firm in the way set before you,in prayer to the Most High God.Who in the nether world can glorify the Most Highin place of the living who offer their praise?Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,but offer your praise before death.No more can the dead give praise than those who have never lived;You who are alive and well shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.How great the mercy of the LORD,his forgiveness of those who return to him!
Responsorial Psalm Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7R. (11a) Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,in whose spirit there is no guile.R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.Then I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I covered not.I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"and you took away the guilt of my sin.R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.For this shall every faithful man pray to you in time of stress.Though deep waters overflow,they shall not reach him.R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9R. Alleluia, alleluia.Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich,so that by his poverty you might become rich.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 10:17-27As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,knelt down before him, and asked him,"Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good?No one is good but God alone.You know the commandments: You shall not kill;you shall not commit adultery;you shall not steal;you shall not bear false witness;you shall not defraud;honor your father and your mother."He replied and said to him,"Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,"You are lacking in one thing.Go, sell what you have, and give to the poorand you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,"How hard it is for those who have wealthto enter the Kingdom of God!"The disciples were amazed at his words.So Jesus again said to them in reply,"Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needlethan for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,"Then who can be saved?"Jesus looked at them and said,"For men it is impossible, but not for God.All things are possible for God."
Posted: February 27, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Is 49:14-15Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;my LORD has forgotten me."Can a mother forget her infant,be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget,I will never forget you.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9R. (6a) Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God is my soul at rest;from him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.R. Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God be at rest, my soul,for from him comes my hope.He only is my rock and my salvation,my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.R. Rest in God alone, my soul.With God is my safety and my glory,he is the rock of my strength; my refuge is in God.Trust in him at all times, O my people!Pour out your hearts before him.R. Rest in God alone, my soul.
Reading 2 1 Cor 4:1-5Brothers and sisters:Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christand stewards of the mysteries of God.Now it is of course required of stewardsthat they be found trustworthy.It does not concern me in the leastthat 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 darknessand will manifest the motives of our hearts,and then everyone will receive praise from God.
Alleluia Hb 4:12R. Alleluia, alleluia.The word of God is living and effective;discerning reflections and thoughts of the heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 6:24-34Jesus said to his disciples:"No one can serve two masters.He will either hate one and love the other,or be devoted to one and despise the other.You cannot serve God and mammon."Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,what you will eat or drink,or about your body, what you will wear.Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?Look at the birds in the sky;they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are not you more important than they?Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?Why are you anxious about clothes?Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.They do not work or spin.But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas clothed like one of them.If God so clothes the grass of the field,which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?'or 'What are we to drink?'or 'What are we to wear?'All these things the pagans seek.Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,and all these things will be given you besides.Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.Sufficient for a day is its own evil."
Posted: February 26, 2017, 9:30 am
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