Author: Shirlee Zammit Munro

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings of the day First Reading: 2 Kings 4, 42-44 Psalm: 144(145), 10-11,15-16,17-18 Second Reading: Eph 4, 1-6 Gospel: Jn 6, 1-15 In those days, Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.  When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Exodus 24, 3-8 Psalm: 49 (50): 1-2.5-6.14-15 Gospel: Mt 13, 24-30 In those days, Jesus put another parable before the crowd: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.  And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Gal 2, 19-20 Psalm: 33, 2-11 Gospel: Jn 15, 1-8 In those days, Jesus told his disciples:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. …

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Saint Mary Magdalene – Feast Readings of the day First Reading: Songs 3, 1-4a Psalm: 62, 2-6.8-9 Gospel: Jn 20, 1-2.11-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept,…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Exodus 16, 1-5.9-15 Psalm: 77 (78), 18-19.23-24.25-26.27-28 Gospel: Mt 13, 1-9 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.  And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Exodus 14, 21 – 15,1 Psalm: Exodus 15, 8-9.10 & 12.17 Gospel: Mt 12, 46-50 In those days, while Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”  And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Exodus 14, 5-18 Psalm: 15, 1-2.3-4.5-6 Gospel: Mt 12, 38-42 In those days, some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. …

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings of the day First Reading: Jer 23, 1-6 Psalm: 22 (23), 1-3a.3b-4.5.6 Second Reading: Ephes 2, 13-18 Gospel: Mk 6, 30-34 In those days, the apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognised them, and they hurried there on…

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Readings of the day First Reading: Exodus 12, 37-42 Psalm: 135 (136), 1 & 23-24. 10-12.13-15 Gospel: Mt 12, 14-21 In those days, the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim…

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The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount CarmelReadings of the day First Reading: Kings 18, 42b-45a Psalm: 14, 1-4 Gospel: Jn 19, 25-27 (or Mt 12, 46-50) In those days, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. …

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