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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (PROVERBS 21:1-6, 10-13)

(Week 25 of the year: Tuesday)

VARIOUS PROVERBS.

As the divisions of waters, so the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will he shall turn it.

Ever way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts.

To do mercy and judgment, pleaseth the Lord more than victims.

Haughtiness of the eyes is the enlarging of the heart: the lamp of the wicked is sin.

The thoughts of the industrious always bring forth abundance: but every sluggard is always in want.

He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish, and shall stumble upon the snares of death.

The soul of the wicked desireth evil, he will not have pity on his neighbour.

When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge.

The just considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw the wicked from evil.

He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself and shall not be heard.

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

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL AGAIN? (Jn 5:6)

• “Turn to the Lord for his powerful help.

• Gospel Reading: John 5:1-3, 5-16

• Do you want to be well again? (John 5:6)

• Jesus asked the man who had been sick for thirty eight years what appears to be a self-evident question: ‘Do you want to be well again?’ (John 5:6). We don’t know for sure but perhaps the man had grown so accustomed to his disability that, although prepared to go through the ritual of immersion in the healing pool at Bethzatha, he did not really expect or anticipate that he would actually be healed. Consider, if you will, that the same question is asked of us by the Lord this Lent, ‘Do you want to be well?’ Each of us, whoever we are, because of sin, weaknesses and shortcomings, need God’s healing. We turn to the Lord for his powerful help.

• ‘Lord, help us to understand that the whole point of this life is the healing of the heart’s eye through which God is seen.’ (St Augustine).

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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1st APRIL, BIBLE READING (EZEKIEL 47:1-9, 12)

I SAW A STREAM OF WATER COMING FROM THE TEMPLE, BRINGING LIFE TO ALL WHEREVER IT FLOWED.

The angel brought me back to the entrance of the Temple, where a stream came out from under the Temple threshold and flowed eastwards, since the Temple faced east. The water flowed from under the right side of the Temple, south of the altar. He took me out by the north gate and led me right round outside as far as the outer east gate where the water flowed out on the right-hand-side. The man went to the east holding his measuring line and measured off a thousand cubits; he then made me wade across the stream; the water reached my ankles. He measured off another thousand and made me walk across the stream again; the water reached my knees. He measured off another thousand and made me wade across again; the water reached my waist. He measured off another thousand; it was now a river which I could not cross; the stream had swollen and was now deep water, a river impossible to cross.

He then said, “Do you see, son of man?” He took me farther, then brought me back to the bank of the river. When I got back, there were many trees on each bank of the river. He said, “This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea makes its waters wholesome. Wherever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live. Fish will be very plentiful, for wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary. And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal.”

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

 

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24th MARCH, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALMS 41, 42)

R. My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God?

1. Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God. (R.)

2. My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God? (R.)

3. O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain
to the place where you dwell. (R.)

4. And I will come to the altar of God,
the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,
O God, my God. (R.)

ACCLAMATION

Now is the favourable time;
this is the day of salvation.

 

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24th MARCH, BIBLE READING (2 KINGS 5:1-15)

THERE WERE MANY LEPERS IN ISRAEL, BUT NONE OF THESE WAS CURED, EXCEPT THE SYRIAN, NAAMAN.

Naaman, army commander to the king of Aram, was a man who enjoyed his master’s respect and favour, since through him the Lord had granted victory to the Aramaeans. But the man was a leper. Now on one of their raids, the Aramaeans had carried off from the land of Israel a little girl who had become a servant of Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would approach the prophet of Samaria. He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Naaman went and told his master. “This and this,” he reported, “is what the girl from the land of Israel said.” “Go by all means,” said the king of Aram, “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten festal robes. He presented the letter to the king of Israel. It read: “With this letter, I am sending my servant Naaman for you to cure him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his garments. “Am I a god to give death and life,” he said, “that he sends a man to me and asks me to cure him of his leprosy? Listen to this, and take note of it and see how he intends to pick a quarrel with me.”

When Elisha heard that the king of Israel had torn his garments, he sent word to the king, “Why did you tear your garments? Let him come to me, and he will find there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his team and chariot and drew up at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent him a messenger to say, “Go and bathe seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will become clean once more.” But Naaman was indignant and went off, saying, “Here was I thinking he would be sure to come out to me, and stand there, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the spot and cure the leprous part. Surely Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, are better than any water in Israel? Could I not bathe in them and become clean?” And he turned round and went off in a rage.

But his servants approached him and said, “My father, if the prophet had asked you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? All the more reason, then, when he says to you, ‘Bathe and you will become clean.’” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, as Elisha had told him to do. And his flesh became clean once more like the flesh of a little child.

Returning to Elisha with his whole escort, he went in and stood before him. “Now I know,” he said, “that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.”

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

 

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23rd MARCH, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42)

THE SAMARITAN WOMAN AT THE WELL

Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph, Jacob’s well is there, and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat straight down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “What? You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?” – Jews, in fact, do not associate with Samaritans.

Jesus replied, “If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink’, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.” “You have no bucket, sir,” she answered, “and the well is deep: how could you get this living water? Are you a greater man than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?”

Jesus replied, “Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.” “Sir,” said the woman, “give me some of that water, so that I may never get thirsty and never have to come here again to draw water.” Jesus said, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” And Jesus replied, “You are right to say, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you said is true.” The woman then said to him, “I see you are a prophet, sir. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, while you say that Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus said, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know; for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour will come – in fact it is here already – when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah – that is, Christ – is coming; and when he comes he will tell us everything.” “I who am speaking to you,” said Jesus, “I am he.” Many Samaritans of that town believed in him on the strength of the woman’s testimony, so, when the Samaritans came up to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed for two days, and when he spoke to them many more came to believe; and they said to the woman, “Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.”

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

 

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23rd MARCH, BIBLE READING I (EXODUS 17:3-7)

WATER FROM THE ROCK

Tormented by thirst, the people complained against Moses. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt?’ they said. ‘Was it so that I should die of thirst, my children too, and my cattle?’

Moses appealed to the Lord. ‘How am I to deal with this people?’ he said. ‘A little more and they will stone me!’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take with you some of the elders of Israel and move on to the forefront of the people; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the river, and go. I shall be standing before you there on the rock, at Horeb. You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink.’

This is what Moses did, in the sight of the elders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah because of the grumbling of the sons of Israel and because they put the Lord to the test by saying, ‘Is the Lord with us, or not?’

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

 

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