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2/2 4th Week in Ordinary Time

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Luke 2:22-40

22 When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord,

23 as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God.

24 And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

25 There lived in Jerusalem, at this time, a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel;

26 and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord.

27 So, he was led into the temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law.

28 Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God, saying,

29 “Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word

30 and my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 which you display for all the people to see.

32 Here is the light you will reveal to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child.

34 Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Know this: your son is a sign; a sign established for the falling and rising of many in Israel, a sign of contradiction;

35 and a sword will pierce your own soul, so that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

36 There was also a prophetess named Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. After leaving her father’s home, she had been seven years with her husband; and since then, she had been continually about the temple, serving God, as a widow, night and day, in fasting and prayer.

37 She was now eighty-four.

38 Coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, and spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

39 When the parents had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their town, Nazareth in Galilee.

40 There, the child grew in stature and strength, and was filled with wisdom: the grace of God was upon him.

2/1 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 4:35-41

35 On that same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.”

36 So they left the crowd, and took him along in the boat he had been sitting in, and other boats set out with him.

37 Then a storm gathered and it began to blow a gale. The waves spilled over into the boat, so that it was soon filled with water.

38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up, and said, “Master, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 And rising up, Jesus rebuked the wind, and ordered the sea, “Quiet now! Be still!” The wind dropped, and there was a great calm.

40 Then Jesus said to them, “Why are you so frightened? Do you still have no faith?”

41 But they were terrified, and they said to one another, “Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

1/27 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 3:22-30

22 Meanwhile, the teachers of the law, who had come from Jerusalem, said, “He is in the power of Beelzebul: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons.”

23 Jesus called them to him, and began teaching them by means of stories, or parables. “How can Satan drive out Satan?

24 If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand.

25 If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive.

26 In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished.

27 No one can break into the house of a strong man in order to plunder his goods, unless he first ties up the strong man. Then indeed, he can plunder his house.

28 Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven humankind, even insults to God, however numerous.

29 But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He carries the guilt of his sin forever.”

30 This was their sin when they said, “He has an unclean spirit in him.”

1/31 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 4:26-34

26 Jesus also said, “In the kingdom of God it is like this: a man scatters seed upon the soil.

27 Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.

28 The soil produces of itself; first, the blade; then, the ear; then the full grain in the ear.

29 And when it is ripe for harvesting, they take the sickle for the cutting: the time for the harvest has come.”

30 Jesus also said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall we compare it?

31 It is like a mustard seed which, when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil.

32 But once sown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the garden; and even grows branches so big, that the birds of the air can take shelter in its shade.”

33 Jesus used many such stories, in order to proclaim the word to them in a way that they would be able to understand.

34 He would not teach them without parables; but privately, to his disciples, he explained everything.

1/26 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Matthew 4:12-23

12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.

13 He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, a town by the lake of Galilee, at the border of Zebulun and Naphtali.

14 In this way, the word of the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled:

15 Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, crossed by the Road of the Sea; and you, who live beyond the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans:

16 The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone. 

17 From that time on, Jesus began to proclaim his message, “Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is near.”

18 As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

19 He said to them, “Come, follow me; and I will make you fish for people.”

20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them.

22 At once, they left the boat, and their father, and followed him.

23 Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people.

1/30 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 4:21-25 

21 Jesus also said to them, “When the light comes, is it put under a basket or a bed? Surely it is put on a lamp stand.

22 Whatever is hidden will be disclosed, and whatever is kept secret will be brought to light.

23 Listen then, if you have ears!”

24 And he also said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. In the measure you give, so shall you receive, and still more will be given to you.

25 For to the one who produces something, more will be given; and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

1/25 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 16:15-18

15 Then he told them, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.

16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned.

17 Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my name they will cast out demons and speak new languages;

18 they will pick up snakes, and if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

1/29 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 4:1-20

1 Again, Jesus began to teach by the lake; but such a large crowd gathered about him, that he got into a boat and sat in it on the lake, while the crowd stood on the shore.

2 He taught them many things through parables. In his teaching he said,

3 “Listen! The sower went out to sow.

4 As he sowed, some of the seed fell along a path; and the birds came and ate it up.

5 Some of the seed fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil; it sprang up immediately, because it had no depth;

6 but when the sun rose and burned it, it withered, because it had no roots.

7 Other seed fell among thorn bushes; and the thorns grew and choked it; so it didn’t produce any grain.

8 But some seed fell on good soil, grew and increased and yielded grain; some seed produced thirty times as much, some sixty, and some one hundred times as much.”

9 And Jesus added, “Listen then, if you have ears.” 

10 When the crowd went away, some who were around him with the Twelve asked about the parables.

11 He answered them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But for those outside, everything comes in parables,

12 so, that, the more they see, they don’t perceive; the more they hear, they don’t understand; otherwise they would be converted and pardoned.” 

13 Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How, then, will you understand any of the parables?

14 What the sower is sowing is the word.

15 Those along the path, where the seed fell, are people who hear the word, but as soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

16 Other people receive the word like rocky ground. As soon as they hear the word, they accept it with joy.

17 But they have no roots, so it lasts only a little while. No sooner does trouble or persecution come because of the word, than they fall.

18 Others receive the seed, as seed among thorns. After they hear the word,

19 they are caught up in the worries of this life, false hopes of riches and other desires. All these come in and choke the word, so that

finally it produces nothing.

20 And there are others who receive the word as good soil. They hear the word, take it to heart and produce: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred times as much.”

1/24 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 3:13-19

13 Then Jesus went up into the hill country, and called those he wanted, and they came to him.

14 He appointed Twelve to be with him, and he called them ‘apostles.’ He wanted to send them out to preach;

15 and he gave them authority to drive out demons.

16 These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter;

17 James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means ‘men of thunder’;

18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,

19 and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

1/28 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 3:31-35

31 Then his mother and his brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him.

32 The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

33 He replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”

34 And looking around at those who sat there, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

35 Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.”

1/22 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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Mark 3:1-6

1 Again, Jesus entered the synagogue. A man, who had a paralyzed hand, was there;

2 and some people watched Jesus: would he heal the man on the Sabbath? If he did, they could accuse him.

3 Jesus said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Stand here, in the center.”

4 Then he asked them, “What does the law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To do good or to do harm? To save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

5 Then Jesus looked around at them with anger and deep sadness at their hardness of heart. And he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was healed.

6 As soon as the Pharisees left, they met with Herod’s supporters, looking for a way to destroy Jesus.