First Reading Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 (JB) A reading from the book of Exodus I will rain bread from heaven upon you. The whole community of the sons of Israel began to complain against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and said to them, ‘Why did we not die at the Lord’s hand in the land…

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First Reading 2 Kings 4:42-44 (JB) A reading from the second book of the Kings They will eat and have some left over. A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear. ‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha…

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First Reading Jeremiah 23:1-6 (JB) A reading from the prophet Jeremiah The remnant of the flock I will gather to me, and bring them back to their pastures. ‘Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what…

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First Reading Amos 7:12-15 (JB) A reading from the prophet Amos Go, prophesy to my people. Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the…

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First Reading Ezekiel 2:2-5 (JB) A reading from the prophet Ezekiel The people are rebellious; they shall know there will be a prophet in their midst. The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you up to…

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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 Exodus 24:3-8 (JB) A reading from the book of Exodus This is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you. Moses went and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. In answer, all the people said with one voice, ‘We will observe all…

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First Reading Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 (JB) A reading from the book of Deuteronomy The Lord himself is God in heaven above and on earth below: there is no other. Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth:…

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