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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Friday, 2018-09-14:

  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2018:


    Nm 21:4b-9

    With their patience worn out by the journey,
    the people complained against God and Moses,
    "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
    where there is no food or water?
    We are disgusted with this wretched food!"

    In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
    which bit the people so that many of them died.
    Then the people came to Moses and said,
    "We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
    Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."
    So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
    "Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
    and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live."
    Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
    and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
    looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.


    Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38

    R. (see 7b) Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
    I will open my mouth in a parable,
    I will utter mysteries from of old.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    While he slew them they sought him
    and inquired after God again,
    Remembering that God was their rock
    and the Most High God, their redeemer.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    But they flattered him with their mouths
    and lied to him with their tongues,
    Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,
    nor were they faithful to his covenant.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    But he, being merciful, forgave their sin
    and destroyed them not;
    Often he turned back his anger
    and let none of his wrath be roused.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!


    Phil 2:6-11

    Brothers and sisters:
    Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
    Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to death,
    even death on a cross.
    Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    that is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.


    Jn 3:13-17

    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    "No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
    but might have eternal life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but that the world might be saved through him.


    Ordinary Time.


    1 cor 9:16-19, 22b-27

    Brothers and sisters:
    If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
    for an obligation has been imposed on me,
    and woe to me if I do not preach it!
    If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
    but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
    What then is my recompense?
    That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of charge
    so as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel.

    Although I am free in regard to all,
    I have made myself a slave to all
    so as to win over as many as possible.
    I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
    All this I do for the sake of the Gospel,
    so that I too may have a share in it.

    Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race,
    but only one wins the prize?
    Run so as to win.
    Every athlete exercises discipline in every way.
    They do it to win a perishable crown,
    but we an imperishable one.
    Thus I do not run aimlessly;
    I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.
    No, I drive my body and train it,
    for fear that, after having preached to others,
    I myself should be disqualified.


    ps 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12

    R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    My soul yearns and pines
    for the courts of the LORD.
    My heart and my flesh
    cry out for the living God.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest
    in which she puts her young—
    Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my king and my God!
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    Blessed they who dwell in your house!
    continually they praise you.
    Blessed the men whose strength you are!
    their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    For a sun and a shield is the LORD God;
    grace and glory he bestows;
    The LORD withholds no good thing
    from those who walk in sincerity.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!


    lk 6:39-42

    Jesus told his disciples a parable:
    “Can a blind person guide a blind person?
    Will not both fall into a pit?
    No disciple is superior to the teacher;
    but when fully trained,
    every disciple will be like his teacher.
    Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
    but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
    How can you say to your brother,
    ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
    when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
    You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
    then you will see clearly
    to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

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