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Mass Readings and prayer intentions for January 17, 2005

Monday, January 17, 2005
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Here are the Reading for Holy Mass for Monday, January 17, 2005. Please take a moment and meditate on the Word of God today and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please pray for the Holy Father and his intentions. Today, please remember men, women and children who are forced out of there homelands and forced to live as refugees throughout the world. Especially remember the suffering Christians in Sudan and in China who are persecuted because of the faith and devotion to Christ. This being Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday let us remember in prayer those who are treated differently because of the color of their skin, their religion, their nationality, their sex, their age, their disability or for any other reason. May God lead us all to understanding and a attitude of mutual respect and tolerance. May God change the heart of those who perscecute any person- anywhere because of their differences. May He inspire in us all a burning desire for Him and to see Him in all peoples and to work for the betterment of all peoples everywhere. May Our Lord grant us all a deep conversion that continues everyday of our life. Please remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayers too (thanks!!).
(At the bottom of this posting you may click the READ MORE link to find out about the numbers of refugees throughout the world as reported by UNHCR and several important links too.)
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Memorial of Saint Anthony, abbot

Reading I
Heb 5:1-10


Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my Son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place,
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.
In the days when he was in the Flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4


R (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool."
R You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
"Rule in the midst of your enemies."
R You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;

before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you."
R You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."
R You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.


Gospel
Mk 2:18-22


The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
"Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them,
"Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.

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Numbers of Refugees worldwide as reported by the UNHCR. It is important to realize when looking at these numbers that these are men, women and children all of whom like you and I are made in the image and likeness of God. They all need your prayers and our actions to help them.
ASIA 6,187,800
AFRICA 4,285,100
EUROPE 2,242,300
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN 1,316,400
NORTH AMERICA 978,100
OCEANIA 74,400
GLOBAL TOTAL: 17,084,100
(Source: Website for UNHCR)
LINK to UNHCR
LINK to the Sudan relief website..Peter's Voice
LINK to the Holy See!!
LINK to the Center for Religious Freedom website
Link to Washington National Cathedral Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.!!
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