First Reading 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 (Year B) (JB) A reading from the second book of Chronicles The wrath and the mercy of the Lord are revealed in the exile and liberation of his people. All the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of…

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First Reading Exodus 20:1-17 (Year B) (JB) A reading from the book of Exodus The Law was given through Moses. The Lord spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the house of slavery. ‘You shall have no gods except me. ‘You shall not make yourself…

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First Reading Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 (JB) A reading from the book of Genesis The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith. God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said ‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of…

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First Reading Genesis 9:8-15 (JB) A reading from the book of Genesis I will recall the covenant between myself and you … the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also…

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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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First Reading Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (JB) A reading from the book of Deuteronomy I will put my words into the prophet’s mouth, and he will tell them all I command. Moses said to the people: ‘Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you…

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First Reading Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (JB) A reading from the prophet Jonah The Ninevites renounced their evil ways. The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to…

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First Reading 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 (JB) A reading from the first book of Samuel Speak, O Lord, your servant is listening. Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said,…

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First Reading Isaiah 60:1-6 (JB) A reading from the prophet Isaiah The glory of the Lord shines upon you. Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples. Above you the Lord now rises and above…

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