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 Genesis 3:9-15 (JB) A reading from the book of Genesis I will make you enemies of each other: your offspring and her offspring. The Lord God called to the man after he had eaten of the tree. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied…

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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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First Reading Acts 2:1-11 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak different languages. When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of…

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First Reading Acts 1:1-11 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Why are you standing here looking into the sky? Jesus has been taken into heaven. In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles…

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First Reading Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles The gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the gentiles also. As Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, knelt at his feet and prostrated himself. But Peter helped him up. ‘Stand up’, he said…

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First Reading Acts 9:26-31 (JB) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles He explained how the Lord appeared to Saul and spoke to him on his journey. When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple.…

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