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10th APRIL, BIBLE READING (GENESIS 17:3-9)

YOU SHALL BECOME THE FATHER OF A MULTITUDE OF NATIONS.

Abram bowed to the ground and God said this to him, “Here now is my covenant with you: you shall become the father of a multitude of nations. You shall no longer be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I will make you father of a multitude of nations. I will make you most fruitful.

I will make you into nations, and your issue shall be kings. I will establish my Covenant between myself and you, and your descendants after you, generation after generation, a Covenant in perpetuity, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land you are living in, the whole land of Canaan, to own in perpetuity, and I will be your God.”

God said to Abraham, “You on your part shall maintain my Covenant, yourself and your descendants after you, generation after generation.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GENESIS 17:1, 9-10, 15-22)

ALL YOU MALES MUST BE CIRCUMCISED, AND THIS SHALL BE THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT. SARAH SHALL BEAR YOU A SON.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El Shaddai. Bear yourself blameless in my presence.”

God said to Abraham, “You on your part shall maintain my Covenant, yourself and your descendants after you: all your males must be circumcised.”

God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah. I will bless her and moreover give you a son by her. I will bless her and nations shall come out of her; kings of peoples shall descend from her.” Abraham bowed to the ground, and he laughed, thinking to himself, “Is a child to be born to a man one hundred years old, and will Sarah have a child at the age of ninety?” Abraham said to God, “Oh, let Ishmael live in your presence!” But God replied, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son whom you are to name Isaac. With him I will establish my Covenant, a Covenant in perpetuity, to be his God and the God of his descendants after him. For Ishmael too I grant you your request: I bless him and I will make him fruitful and greatly increased in numbers. He shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. But my Covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear you at this time next year.” When he had finished speaking to Abraham God went up from him.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 104)

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

1. Give thanks to the Lord, tell his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
O sing to him, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works! (R.)

2. Be proud of his holy name,
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.
Consider the Lord and his strength;
constantly seek his face. (R.)

3. O children of Abraham, his servant,
O sons of the Jacob he chose.
He, the Lord, is our God:
his judgements prevail in all the earth. (R.)

4. He remembers his covenant for ever,
his promise for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Because of your love give me life,
and I will do your will.
Alleluia!

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18)

ABRAHAM PUT HIS FAITH IN GOD, AND THIS FAITH WAS CONSIDERED AS JUSTIFYING HIM. THE LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM.

It happened that the word of the Lord was spoken to Abram in a vision, “Have no fear, Abram, I am your shield; your reward will be very great.”

“My Lord,” Abram replied “what do you intend to give me? I go childless…” Then Abram said, “See, you have given me no descendants; some man of my household will be my heir.” And then this word of the Lord was spoken to him, “He shall not be your heir; your heir shall be of your own flesh and blood.” Then taking him outside he said, “Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants” he told him. Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified.

“I am the Lord” he said to him “who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldaeans to make you heir to this land.” “My Lord,” Abram replied “how am I to know that I shall inherit it?” He said to him, “Get me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these, cut them in half and put half on one side and half facing it on the other; but the birds he did not cut in half. Birds of prey came down on the carcasses but Abram drove them off.

Now as the sun was setting Abram fell into a deep sleep, and terror seized him. When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, there appeared a smoking furnace and a firebrand that went between the halves. This day the Lord made a Covenant with Abram in these terms:

“To your descendants I give this land,
from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River,
the river Euphrates.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GENESIS 13:2, 5-18)

LET THERE BE NO DISPUTE BETWEEN ME AND YOU, FOR WE ARE BROTHERS.

Abram was a very rich man, with livestock, silver and gold. Lot, who was travelling with Abram, had flocks and cattle of his own, and tents too. The land was not sufficient to accommodate them both at once, for they had too many possessions to be able to live together. Dispute broke out between the herdsmen of Abram’s lifestock and those of Lot’s. (The Canaanites and the Perizzites were then living in the land.) Accordingly Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no dispute between me and you, nor between my herdsmen and yours, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land open before you? Part company with me: if you take the left, I will go right; if you take the right, I will go left.”

Looking round, Lot saw all the Jordan plain, irrigated everywhere – this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah – like the garden of the Lord or the land of Egypt, as far as Zoar. So Lot chose all the Jordan plain for himself and moved off eastwards. Thus they parted company: Abram settled in the land of Canaan; Lot settled among the towns of the plain, pitching his tents on the outskirts of Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were vicious men, great sinners against the Lord.

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted company with him, “Look all round from where you are towards the north and the south, towards the east and the west. All the land within sight I will give to you and your descendants for ever. I will make your descendants like the dust on the ground: when men succeed in counting the specks of dust on the ground, then they will be able to count your descendants! Come, travel through the length and breadth of the land, for I mean to give it to you.”

So Abram went with his tents to settle at the Oak of Mamre, at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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FEAST OF THE VISITATION – RESPONSORIAL PSALM (ISAIAH 12:2-6)

R. Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

1. Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation. (R.)

2. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name. (R.)

3. Sing a psalm to the Lord!
For he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed is the Virgin Mary who believed
that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Alleluia!

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 118)

R. The lovers of your law
have great peace, O Lord.

1. The lovers of your law have great peace;
they never stumble.
I obey your precepts and your will;
all that I do is before you. (R.)

2. Let my lips proclaim your praise
because you teach me your statues.
Let my tongue sing your promise
for your commands are just. (R.)

3. Give life to my soul that I may praise you.
Let your decrees give me help.
Lord, I long for your saving help
and your law is my delight. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.
Alleluia!

 

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