Sunday, March 21: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT 

Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) 

31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. 

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Monday, March 22Lenten Weekday 

Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Jn 8:1-11 

John 8:1-11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) 
while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground.[a]9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.”[b] And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”]][c] 

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Tuesday, March 23Lenten Weekday 

Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30  

Numbers 21:4-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) 

4 From Mount Hor they set out by way of the Red Sea, to bypass the land of Edom, but the people’s patience was worn out by the journey; 5 so the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”[a] 

6 So the Lord sent among the people seraph[b] serpents, which bit the people so that many of the Israelites died. 7 Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the Lord and you. Pray to the Lord to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, 8 and the Lord said to Moses: Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and everyone who has been bitten will look at it and recover.[c]9 Accordingly Moses made a bronze serpent[d] and mounted it on a pole, and whenever the serpent bit someone, the person looked at the bronze serpent and recovered. 

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Wednesday, March 24: Lenten Weekday 

Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Jn 8:31-42  

John 8:31-42 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) 

31 Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him,[a] “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone.[b] How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son[c] always remains. 36 So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. 38 [d]I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.” 39 [e]They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. 40 But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. 41 You are doing the works of your father!” [So] they said to him, “We are not illegitimate. We have one Father, God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me. 

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Thursday, March 25Lenten Weekday 

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

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

4 for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. 5 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; 
6 holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. 
7 Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, 
    Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’” 

8 First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings,[b] you neither desired nor delighted in.” These are offered according to the law. 9 Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

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Friday, March 26Lenten Weekday 

Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42 

Jeremiah 20:10-13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) 
10 For I hear many whispering: 
    “Terror is all around! 
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” 
    All my close friends 
    are watching for me to stumble. 
“Perhaps he can be enticed, 
    and we can prevail against him, 
    and take our revenge on him.” 
11 But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; 
    therefore my persecutors will stumble, 
    and they will not prevail. 
They will be greatly shamed, 
    for they will not succeed. 
Their eternal dishonor 
    will never be forgotten. 
12 O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, 
    you see the heart and the mind; 
let me see your retribution upon them, 
    for to you I have committed my cause. 

13 Sing to the Lord; 
    praise the Lord! 
For he has delivered the life of the needy 
    from the hands of evildoers. 

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Saturday, March 27Lenten Weekday 

Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56 

Ezekiel 37:21-28 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) 

21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen,[a] and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 

24 My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. 25 They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children’s children shall live there forever; and my servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless[b] them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is among them forevermore. 

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