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Mass readings for Thursday, January 20th, 2005 and prayer intentions

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
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Here are the readings for Holy Mass for Thursday, January 20th, 2005. Please take a moment to meditate of God's Word and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please pray for the Holy Father and his intentions. Please also remember those who need our prayers the most--not just the suffering peoples of the world and the poor but also those who are rich and have many things that they will use their gifts from God for good and that the souls of all peoples poor or rich may be lead to Him who is Truth and Love. Please pray for Bishops, Priests, Religious and all those in concecrated life everywhere and for all the faithful throughout the world and in our own towns that God will give them and us all great love of Him and great faith, hope and perseverace in our daily walk with Him. May many be lead to Him and to the Church and the Holy Sacraments by our lives, examples and prayers. Pray also for those who will meet God this day because of death may they find Mercy and eternal life with Him. Please remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayers too (thank you!!!).
May the words of our mouths, thoughts of our hearts, our actions and prayers be pleasing always in Your sight most Merciful and Loving Father, through Christ Our Lord in unity with the Holy Spirit and always through the constant intercession of Our Lady and all the Saints (in heaven and on the earth)!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!
Ed

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Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Heb 7:25-8:6


Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners,
higher than the heavens.
He has no need, as did the high priests,
to offer sacrifice day after day,
first for his own sins and then for those of the people;
he did that once for all when he offered himself.
For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,
but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,
appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.

The main point of what has been said is this:
we have such a high priest,
who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne
of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary
and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up.
Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices;
thus the necessity for this one also to have something to offer.
If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest,
since there are those who offer gifts according to the law.
They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary,
as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle.
For God says, "See that you make everything
according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry
as he is mediator of a better covenant,
enacted on better promises.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17


R (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,

and your law is within my heart!"
R Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, "The LORD be glorified."
R Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.


Gospel
Mk 3:7-12


Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.
A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,
and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,
so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him
and shout, "You are the Son of God."
He warned them sternly not to make him known.
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