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February 24, 2017

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Est 4:17
Within your will, O Lord, all things are established and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all.

COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy upon us: to pardon what conscience dreads, and to give what prayer does not dare to ask. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1: 2-3; 2:2-4
Theme: “The righteous shall live by his faith.”
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it’ it will surly come, it will not delay. Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM    Ps 95: 1-2. 6-7abc. 7d-9 (R. 7d 8a
R. O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
1. Come, let us ring out our joy to the Lord; hail the rock who saves us. Let us come into his presence, giving thanks; let us hail him with a song of praise. R.
2. O come; let us bow and bend low. Let us kneel before the God who made us, for he is our God and we the people who belong to his pasture, the flock that is led by his land. R.
3. O that today you would listen to his voice! “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day at Messiah in the desert when your forebears put me to the test; when they tried me, though they saw my work.” R.

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SECOND READING
A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:6-8. 13-14
Theme: “Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord.”
Beloved: I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but take your share of suffering for the Gospel in the power of God.
Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus; guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA 1 Peter 1:25
Alleluia Alleluia The word of the Lord abides for ever; that word is the good news which was preached to you. Alleluia

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17:5-10
Theme: “If you had faith!”
At that time: The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, ‘Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,’ and it  would obey you.
“Will any  one of you, who has a servant ploughing  or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and put on your apron and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterwards you shall eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, “We are unworthy servant; we have only done what was our duty.’”
The Gospel  of the Lord

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PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Accept, O Lord, we pray, the sacrifices instituted by your commands, and through the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate with dutiful service, graciously complete the sanctifying  work by which you are pleased to redeem us. Through Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON   Lam 3:25
The LORD is good to those who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Grant us, almighty God, that we may be refreshed and nourished by the Sacrament which we have received, so as to be transformed into what we consume. Through Christ our Lord.

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