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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2020-01-16:

  • St. Berard, OFM, Priest and Companions, Protomartyrs 2020:


    Hebrews 4:1-5, 11

    1Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest remains, let us fear lest any of you be judged to have failed to reach it.2For good news came to us just as to them;but the message which they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers.3For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, "As I swore in my wrath, `They shall never enter my rest, '"although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.4For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way, "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works."5And again in this place he said, "They shall never enter my rest."11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience.


    Psalms 78:3, 4, 6-8

    3things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. 4We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders which he has wrought. 6that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, 7so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;8and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.


    Mark 2:1-12

    1And when he returned to Caper'na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door;and he was preaching the word to them. 3And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him;and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. 5And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7"Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? 10But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic -- 11"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." 12And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all;so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


    Ordinary Time.


    1 Sm 4:1-11

    The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.
    Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer,
    while the Philistines camped at Aphek.
    The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.
    After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines,
    who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.
    When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said,
    "Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated today
    by the Philistines?
    Let us fetch the ark of the LORD from Shiloh
    that it may go into battle among us
    and save us from the grasp of our enemies."

    So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there
    the ark of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned upon the cherubim.
    The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were with the ark of God.
    When the ark of the LORD arrived in the camp,
    all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth resounded.
    The Philistines, hearing the noise of shouting, asked,
    "What can this loud shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?"
    On learning that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp,
    the Philistines were frightened.
    They said, "Gods have come to their camp."
    They said also, "Woe to us! This has never happened before. Woe to us!
    Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods?
    These are the gods that struck the Egyptians
    with various plagues and with pestilence.
    Take courage and be manly, Philistines;
    otherwise you will become slaves to the Hebrews,
    as they were your slaves.
    So fight manfully!"
    The Philistines fought and Israel was defeated;
    every man fled to his own tent.
    It was a disastrous defeat,
    in which Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.
    The ark of God was captured,
    and Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were among the dead.


    Ps 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25

    R. (27b) Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    Yet now you have cast us off and put us in disgrace,
    and you go not forth with our armies.
    You have let us be driven back by our foes;
    those who hated us plundered us at will.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    You made us the reproach of our neighbors,
    the mockery and the scorn of those around us.
    You made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughingstock among the peoples.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    Why do you hide your face,
    forgetting our woe and our oppression?
    For our souls are bowed down to the dust,
    our bodies are pressed to the earth.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.


    Mk 1:40-45

    A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
    "If you wish, you can make me clean."
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
    touched the leper, and said to him,
    "I do will it. Be made clean."
    The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
    Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
    Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
    but go, show yourself to the priest
    and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
    that will be proof for them."
    The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
    He spread the report abroad
    so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
    He remained outside in deserted places,
    and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

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