First Reading Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 (JB) A reading from the book of Wisdom It was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world. Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living. To be – for this he created all; the world’s created things have health in them,…

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First Reading Job 38:1, 8-11 (JB) A reading from the book of Job Here I have set the boundaries of the sea. From the heart of the tempest the Lord gave Job his answer. He said: Who pent up the sea behind closed doors when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb, when I wrapped…

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First Reading Ezekiel 17:22-24 (JB) A reading from the prophet Ezekiel I have made the small tree great. The Lord says this: ‘From the top of the cedar, from the highest branch I will take a shoot and plant it myself on a very high mountain. I will plant it on the high mountain of…

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First Reading Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 (JB) A reading from the book of Leviticus As long as he is unclean, he must live alone, outside the camp. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘If a swelling or scab or shiny spot appears on a man’s skin, a case of leprosy of the skin is to…

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First Reading Job 7:1-4, 6-7 (JB) A reading from the prophet Job I am filled with sorrow all day long. Job began to speak: Is not man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service, his time no better than hired drudgery? Like the slave, sighing for the shade, or the workman with no thought…

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