Reading 1 Gn 13:2, 5-18
Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestockand those of Lot's.(At this time the Canaanites and the Perizziteswere occupying the land.)So Abram said to Lot:"Let there be no strife between you and me,or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen.Is not the whole land at your disposal?Please separate from me.If you prefer the left, I will go to the right;if you prefer the right, I will go to the left."Lot looked about and saw how well wateredthe whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar,like the LORD's own garden, or like Egypt.(This was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plainand set out eastward.Thus they separated from each other;Abram stayed in the land of Canaan,while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain,pitching his tents near Sodom.Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wickedin the sins they committed against the LORD.After Lot had left, the LORD said to Abram:"Look about you, and from where you are,gaze to the north and south, east and west;all the land that you see I will give to youand your descendants forever.I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth;if anyone could count the dust of the earth,your descendants too might be counted.Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth,for to you I will give it."Abram moved his tents and went on to settlenear the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron.There he built an altar to the LORD.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
R. (1b) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.He who walks blamelessly and does justice;who thinks the truth in his heartand slanders not with his tongue.R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.Who harms not his fellow man,nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;By whom the reprobate is despised,while he honors those who fear the LORD.R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.Who lends not his money at usuryand accepts no bribe against the innocent.He who does these thingsshall never be disturbed. R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Alleluia Jn 8:12
R. 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 Mt 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples:"Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces."Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.This is the Law and the Prophets."Enter through the narrow gate;for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,and those who enter through it are many.How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.And those who find it are few."
Posted: June 25, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jer 1:4-10
In the days of King Josiah, the word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you."Ah, Lord GOD!" I said,"I know not how to speak; I am too young."But the LORD answered me,Say not, "I am too young."To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you shall speak.Have no fear before them,because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,See, I place my words in your mouth!This day I set youover nations and over kingdoms,to root up and to tear down,to destroy and to demolish,to build and to plant.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17
R. (6) Since my mother's womb, you have been my strength.In you, O LORD, I take refuge;let me never be put to shame.In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;incline your ear to me, and save me.R. Since my mother's womb, you have been my strength.Be my rock of refuge,a stronghold to give me safety,for you are my rock and my fortress.O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.R. Since my mother's womb, you have been my strength.For you are my hope, O LORD;my trust, O LORD, from my youth.On you I depend from birth;from my mother's womb you are my strength.R. Since my mother's womb, you have been my strength.My mouth shall declare your justice,day by day your salvation.O God, you have taught me from my youth,and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.R. Since my mother's womb, you have been my strength.
Reading 2 1 Pt 1:8-12
Beloved:Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him;even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.Concerning this salvation,prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yourssearched and investigated it,investigating the time and circumstancesthat the Spirit of Christ within them indicatedwhen he testified in advanceto the sufferings destined for Christand the glories to follow them.It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but youwith regard to the things that have now been announced to youby those who preached the Good News to youthrough the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,things into which angels longed to look.
Alleluia See Jn 1:7, LK 1:17R. Alleluia, alleluia.He came to testify to the light,to prepare a people fit for the Lord.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 1:5-17
In the days of Herod, King of Judea,there was a priest named Zechariahof the priestly division of Abijah;his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,and her name was Elizabeth.Both were righteous in the eyes of God,observing all the commandmentsand ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barrenand both were advanced in years.Once when he was servingas priest in his division's turn before God,according to the practice of the priestly service,he was chosen by lotto enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outsideat the hour of the incense offering,the angel of the Lord appeared to him,standing at the right of the altar of incense.Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah,because your prayer has been heard.Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,and you shall name him John.And you will have joy and gladness,and many will rejoice at his birth,for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.John will drink neither wine nor strong drink.He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb,and he will turn many of the children of Israelto the Lord their God.He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijahto turn their hearts toward their childrenand the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,to prepare a people fit for the Lord."
Posted: June 24, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Is 49:1-6
Hear me, O coastlands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother's womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory.Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed me as his servant from the womb,that Jacob may be brought back to himand Israel gathered to him;and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,and my God is now my strength!It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,to raise up the tribes of Jacob,and restore the survivors of Israel;I will make you a light to the nations,that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
R.(14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:you know when I sit and when I stand;you understand my thoughts from afar.My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,with all my ways you are familiar.R. I praise you for I am wonderfully made.Truly you have formed my inmost being;you knit me in my mother's womb.I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;wonderful are your works.R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.My soul also you knew full well;nor was my frame unknown to youWhen I was made in secret,when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26
In those days, Paul said:"God raised up David as king; of him God testified,I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;he will carry out my every wish.From this man's descendants God, according to his promise,has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentanceto all the people of Israel;and as John was completing his course, he would say,'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.Behold, one is coming after me;I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'"My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,and those others among you who are God-fearing,to us this word of salvation has been sent."
Alleluia See Lk 1:76R. Alleluia, alleluia.You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her childshe gave birth to a son.Her neighbors and relatives heardthat the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,and they rejoiced with her.When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,but his mother said in reply,"No. He will be called John."But they answered her,"There is no one among your relatives who has this name."So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name,"and all were amazed.Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,and he spoke blessing God.Then fear came upon all their neighbors,and all these matters were discussedthroughout the hill country of Judea.All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,"What, then, will this child be?"For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the dayof his manifestation to Israel.
Posted: June 24, 2019, 9:30 am
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