LITURGICAL READING for the week of March 22-28, 2020

Sunday, March 22: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT 

1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

1 Samuel 16:10-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

10 In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any one of these.” 11 Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he arrives here.” 12 Jesse had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth with beautiful eyes, and good looking. The Lord said: There—anoint him, for this is the one! 13 Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David. Then Samuel set out for Ramah.

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Monday, March 23: LENT

Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54

John 4:49-53 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. 51 As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” 53 The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household.

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Tuesday, March 24: LENT

Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16 

John 5:3-9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.[c] One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, 

“Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, 

“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 

Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 

At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

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Wednesday, March 25: LENT

Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38

Hebrews 10:4-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when he came into the world, he said:[a]

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
    Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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Thursday, March 26: LENT

Ex 32:7-14/Jn 5:31-36

John 5:31-36 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Witnesses to Jesus. 31 “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified. 32 But there is another[a] who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. 33 You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. 34 I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp,[b] and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

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Friday, March 27: LENT

Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 

Wisdom 2:17-20 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 Let us see whether his words be true;
    let us find out what will happen to him in the end.
18 For if the righteous one is the son of God, God will help him
    and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
19 With violence and torture let us put him to the test
    that we may have proof of his gentleness
    and try his patience.
20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
    for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”

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Saturday, March 28: LENT

Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53

Jeremiah 11:18-20 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
    then you showed me their evil deeds.
19 But I was like a gentle lamb
    led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
    that they devised schemes, saying,
“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
    let us cut him off from the land of the living,
    so that his name will no longer be remembered!”
20 But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
    who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
    for to you I have committed my cause.

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