LITURGICAL READING for the week of March 1-7, 2020

Sunday, March 1: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT 

Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Rom 5:12-19 /Mt 4:1-11 

Genesis 2:7-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

then the Lord God formed the man[a] out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,[b] and placed there the man whom he had formed. [c]Out of the ground the Lord God made grow every tree that was delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

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Monday, March 2: LENT

Lv 19:1-2, 11-18/Mt 25:31-46 

Leviticus 19:1-2 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Various Rules of Conduct. The Lord said to Moses: Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.[a]

11 [a]You shall not steal. You shall not deceive or speak falsely to one another.12 You shall not swear falsely by my name, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the Lord.

13 You shall not exploit your neighbor. You shall not commit robbery. You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your laborer. 14 [b]You shall not insult the deaf, or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but you shall fear your God. I am the Lord.

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Tuesday, March 3: LENT

Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15

Isaiah 55:10-11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

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Wednesday, March 4: LENT

Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32 

Jonah 3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you. So Jonah set out for Nineveh, in accord with the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an awesomely great city; it took three days to walk through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and when he had gone only a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be overthrown,” the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small,[a] put on sackcloth.

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Thursday, March 5: LENT

Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12

Est C:12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

12 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, fled to the Lord for refuge. 14 Then she prayed to the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: “My Lord, you alone are our King. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, 15 for I am taking my life in my hand. 16 From birth, I have heard among my people that you, Lord, chose Israel from among all nations, and our ancestors from among all their forebears, as a lasting inheritance, and that you fulfilled all your promises to them.

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Friday, March 6: LENT

Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26 

Ezekiel 18:21-28 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

21 But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live? 24 But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die.

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Saturday, March 7: LENT

Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

16 This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him. 18 Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; 19 for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

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