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Sunday Readings: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT YR. ‘A’ 30/03/2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her; rejoice with her, you who mourned for her, and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts

 

OPENING PRAYER

Father of peace, we are joyful in your Word, your Son Jesus Christ, who reconciles us to you.  Let us hasten towards Easter with the eagerness of faith and love.

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the first book of Samuel   16: 1, 6-7, 10-13

Theme: David is anointed king of Israel.

The Lord said to Samuel: “Fill your horn with oil and go, I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.”

When Samuel arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed one stands there before him”, but the Lord said to Samuel, “Take no notice of his appearance or his height for I have rejected him; God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.” Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”  He then answered, “Are these all the sons you have?”   He answered, “There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep.”   Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes.   Jesse had him sent for, a boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing.  The Lord said, “Come, anoint him, for this is the one.”  At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.

This is the Word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM               Ps.22 Rv.1

Response:  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1.         The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.  Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.  Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my dropping spirit.  R.

2.         He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.  If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.  You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. R.

3.         You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.  My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing.  R.

4.         Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life in the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.  R

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians: 5: 8-14

Theme: Rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth.  Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast.  The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light.  That is why it is said: Wake up from your sleep, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

This is the Word of the Lord

 

ACCLAMATION   John 8: 12.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord; anyone who follows Me will have the light of life.

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John: 9:1-41.

Theme:  The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?”  “Neither he nor his parents sinned;” Jesus answered “he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him. “As long as the day lasts I must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the night will soon be here when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”. Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam (a name that means “sent”).  So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored. His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some said, “Yes, it is the same one.”  Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”  The man himself said, “I am the man.”  So they said to him, “Then how do your eyes come to be opened?”  “The man called Jesus” he answered “made a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, ‘Go and wash at Siloam’; so I went, and when I washed I could see.”  They asked, “Where is he?”  “I don’t know” he answered. They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees.  It had been a Sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, “He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.”  Then some of the Pharisees said, “This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.”  Others said, how could a sinner produce sign like this?”  And there was disagreement among them.  So they spoke to the blind man again, “what have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?  “He is a prophet” replied the man.

However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, “Is this man really your son who was born blind?  If so, how is it that he is now able to see?  His parents answered, “We know he is our son and we know he was born blind, but we don’t know how it is that he can see now, or who opened his eyes.  He is old enough: let him speak for himself.”  His parents spoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to expel from the synagogue anyone who should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ.  This was why his parents said, “He is old enough; ask him”. So the Jews again sent for the man and said to him, “Give glory to God!  For our part, we know that this man is a sinner.”  The man answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner; I only know that I was blind and now I can see.”  They said to him, “what did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He replied, “I have told you once and you wouldn’t listen.  Why do you want to hear it all again?  Do you want to become his disciples too?”  At this they hurled abuse at him:  “You can be his disciple,’ they said “we are disciples of Moses: we know that God spoke to Moses, But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.”  The man replied, “Now here is an astonishing thing!  He has opened my eyes, and you don’t know where he comes from!  We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but God does listen to men who are devout and do his will.  Ever since the world  began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of a man who was born blind; if this man were not from God, he couldn’t do a thing.”  “Are you trying to teach us,” they replied “and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!”  And they drove him away. Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  “Sir,” the man replied “tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said, “You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.”  The man said, “Lord, I believe,” and worshipped him. Jesus said:  “It is for judgment that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight turn blind.”  Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, “We are not blind, surely?”  Jesus replied: “Blind? If you were, you would not be guilty, but since you say, ‘we see’, your guilt remains.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord, we offer you these gifts which bring us peace and joy.  Increase our reverence by this Eucharist, and bring salvation to the world.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

The Lord rubbed my eyes: I went away and washed; then I could see, and I believed in God.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Father, you enlighten all who come into the world.  Fill our hearts with the light of your gospel, that our thoughts may please you, and our love be sincere

 

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SUNDAY READINGS

THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Sirach 27:30-28:7
Theme: “Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be forgiven when you pray.”
He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins.
Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Does a man harbour anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord? Does he have no mercy towards a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins?
If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, will he then seek forgiveness from God? Who will make expiation for his sins? Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbour; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 103:1 -2.3-4.9-10.11-12 (R. 8)

R\. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits. R\.

2. It is the Lord who forgives all your sins, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with mercy and compassion. R\.

3. He will not always find fault; nor persist in his anger forever. He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults. R\.

4. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so strong his mercy for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far from us does he remove our transgressions. R\.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 14:7-9
Theme: “Whether we live or die, we are the Lords.”
Brethren: None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
The word of the Lord.
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GOSPEL ACCLAMATION John 13:34
Alleluia, alleluia!
A new commandment I give to you, says the Lord, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35
Theme: “I do not say to you that you forgive seven times but seventy times seven.”
At that time: Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord, and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings, that what each has offered to the honour of your name may serve the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May the working of this heavenly gift, O Lord, we pray, take possession of our minds and bodies so that its effects, and not our own desires, may always prevail in us. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 20:7-9
Theme: “The word of the Lord has become a reproach for me.”
O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; every one mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 63:2.3-4.5-6.8-9 (R. cf. 2ab)

R\. For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God.

1. O God, you are my God; at dawn I seek you; for you my soul is thirsting. For you my flesh is pining, like a dry, weary land without water. (R.)

2. I have come before you in the sanctuary, to behold your strength and your glory. Your loving mercy is better than life; my lips will speak your praise. (R.)

3. I will bless you all my life; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; with joyful lips, my mouth shall praise you. (R.)

4. For you have been my strength; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me. (R.)

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 12:1-2
Theme: Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is the Word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Eph1: 17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 16:21-27
Theme: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself”
At that time: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
May this sacred offering, O Lord, confer on us always the blessing of salvation, that what it celebrates in mystery it may accomplish in power. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Renewed by this bread from the heavenly table, we beseech you, Lord, that, being the food of charity, it may confirm our hearts, and stir us to serve you in our neighbour. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR (A)

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 84:10-11
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

COLLECT
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 56:l.6-7
“And the foreigners I will bring to my holy mountain.”
Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the Sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R. 4)
R. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your salvation. R

Let the nations be glad and shout for joy, with uprightness you rule the peoples; you guide the nations on earth. R.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing that all the ends of the earth may revere him. R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 11:13-15.29-32
“The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”
Brethren: I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify,’ my ministry in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.
The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA Cf. Matthew 4:23
V. Alleluia. R. Alleluia.
V. Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every infirmity among the people.
R. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew l5:2l-28
“O woman, great is your faith!”
At that time: Jesus went away and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on mc, 0 Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “0 woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive our oblation, O Lord, by which is brought about a glorious exchange, that by offering what you have given, we may merit to receive your very self.
Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Made partakers of Christ through these Sacraments, we humbly implore your mercy, Lord, that, conformed to his image on earth, we may merit also to be his co-heirs in heaven. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

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