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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Ex 11:10—12:14

    Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders
    in Pharaoh's presence,
    the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,
    and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land.

    The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
    "This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
    you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
    Tell the whole community of Israel:  On the tenth of this month
    every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb,
    one apiece for each household.
    If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
    it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
    and shall share in the lamb
    in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
    The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
    You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
    You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then,
    with the whole assembly of Israel present,
    it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
    They shall take some of its blood
    and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
    of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
    That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
    with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
    It shall not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole,
    with its head and shanks and inner organs.
    None of it must be kept beyond the next morning;
    whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up.

    "This is how you are to eat it:
    with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
    you shall eat like those who are in flight.
    It is the Passover of the LORD.
    For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
    striking down every first born of the land, both man and beast,
    and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
    But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
    Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
    thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
    no destructive blow will come upon you.

    "This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
    which all your generations shall celebrate
    with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18

    R.(13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
    How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
    The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
    Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
    I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
    R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
    To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
    R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

    Alleluia Jn 10:27

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord,
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 12:1-8

    Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
    His disciples were hungry
    and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
    When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
    "See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath."
    He said to them, "Have you not read what David did
    when he and his companions were hungry,
    how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
    which neither he nor his companions
    but only the priests could lawfully eat?
    Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
    the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
    and are innocent?
    I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
    If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    you would not have condemned these innocent men.
    For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath."
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  2. Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Ex 3:13-20

    Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
    "When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
    'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'
    if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"
    God replied, "I am who am."
    Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
    I AM sent me to you."

    God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
    The LORD, the God of your fathers,
    the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
    has sent me to you.

    "This is my name forever;
    this my title for all generations.

    "Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
    The LORD, the God of your fathers,
    the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    has appeared to me and said:
    I am concerned about you
    and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
    so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
    into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
    Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
    a land flowing with milk and honey.

    "Thus they will heed your message.
    Then you and the elders of Israel
    shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
    "The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
    Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the desert,
    that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.

    "Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
    unless he is forced.
    I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
    and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
    After that he will send you away."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:1 and 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27

    R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
    make known among the nations his deeds.
    Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
    his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generations--
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He greatly increased his people
    and made them stronger than their foes,
    Whose hearts he changed, so that they hated his people,
    and dealt deceitfully with his servants.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He sent Moses his servant;
    Aaron, whom he had chosen.
    They wrought his signs among them,
    and wonders in the land of Ham.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:28-30

    Jesus said:
    "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

    For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis, please go here.

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