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19th FEBRUARY, GOSPEL READING (MARK 8:22-26)

HE WAS CURED AND HE COULD SEE EVERYTHING PLAINLY AND DESTINCTLY.

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and someone brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch.

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then, putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked, “Can you see anything?”

The man, who was beginning to see, replied, “I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about.”

Then he laid his hands on the man’s eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”

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

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21st AUGUST, BIBLE READING (JUDGES 9:6-15)

YOU SAID, “A KING MUST RULE OVER US” – ALTHOUGH THE LORD YOUR GOD HIMSELF IS YOUR KING.

All the leading men of Shechem and all Bethmillo gathered, and proclaimed Abimelech king by the terebinth of the pillar at Shechem.

News of this was brought to Jotham. He came and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted aloud for them to hear:

“Hear me, leaders of Shechem,
that God may also hear you!

“One day the trees went out
to anoint a king to rule over them.
They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!”

“The olive tree answered them,
‘Must I forego my oil
which gives honour to gods and men,
to stand swaying above the trees?’

“Then the trees said to the fig tree,
‘Come now, you be our king!’

“The fig tree answered them,
‘Must I forego my sweetness,
forego my excellent fruit,
to stand swaying above the trees?’

“Then the trees said to the vine,
‘Come now, you be our king!’

“The vine answered them,
‘Must I forego my wine
which cheers the heart of gods and men,
to stand swaying above the trees?’

“Then all the trees said to the thorn bush,
come now, you be our king!’
“And the thorn bush answered the trees,
‘If in all good faith you anoint me king to reign over you,
then come and shelter in my shade.
If not, fire will come from the thorn bush
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'”

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

 
 

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