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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Friday, 2017-03-17:

  • St. Patrick, Bishop 2017:


    Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12

    1Then he brought me back to the door of the temple;and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east);and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east;and the water was coming out on the south side. 3Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water;and it was ankle-deep. 4Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water;and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water;and it was up to the loins. 5Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen;it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he led me back along the bank of the river. 7As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah;and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. 9And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish;for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh;so everything will live where the river goes. 12And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."


    Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;God will help her right early. 7The LORD of hosts is with us;the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah] 8Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has wrought desolations in the earth.


    John 5:1-16

    1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. 5One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 7The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." 8Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." 9And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." 11But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.'" 12They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, and walk'?" 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath.


    Time of Lent.


    Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a

    Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,
    for he was the child of his old age;
    and he had made him a long tunic.
    When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,
    they hated him so much that they would not even greet him.

    One day, when his brothers had gone
    to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem,
    Israel said to Joseph,
    “Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.
    Get ready;I will send you to them.”

    So Joseph went after his brothers and caught up with them in Dothan.
    They noticed him from a distance,
    and before he came up to them, they plotted to kill him.
    They said to one another: “Here comes that master dreamer!
    Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here;
    we could say that a wild beast devoured him.
    We shall then see what comes of his dreams.”

    When Reuben heard this,
    he tried to save him from their hands, saying,
    “We must not take his life.
    Instead of shedding blood,” he continued,
    “just throw him into that cistern there in the desert;
    but do not kill him outright.”
    His purpose was to rescue him from their hands
    and return him to his father.
    So when Joseph came up to them,
    they stripped him of the long tunic he had on;
    then they took him and threw him into the cistern,
    which was empty and dry.

    They then sat down to their meal.
    Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead,
    their camels laden with gum, balm and resin
    to be taken down to Egypt.
    Judah said to his brothers:
    “What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood?
    Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites,
    instead of doing away with him ourselves.
    After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.”
    His brothers agreed.
    They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.


    PS 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

    R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
    When the LORD called down a famine on the land
    and ruined the crop that sustained them,
    He sent a man before them,
    Joseph, sold as a slave.
    R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
    They had weighed him down with fetters,
    and he was bound with chains,
    Till his prediction came to pass
    and the word of the LORD proved him true.
    R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
    The king sent and released him,
    the ruler of the peoples set him free.
    He made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions.
    R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.


    Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
    “Hear another parable.
    There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
    put a hedge around it,
    dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
    Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
    When vintage time drew near,
    he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
    But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
    another they killed, and a third they stoned.
    Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
    but they treated them in the same way.
    Finally, he sent his son to them,
    thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
    But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
    ‘This is the heir.
    Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
    They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
    What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
    They answered him,
    “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
    and lease his vineyard to other tenants
    who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
    Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:

    The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
    by the Lord has this been done,
    and it is wonderful in our eyes

    Therefore, I say to you,
    the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
    and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
    When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
    they knew that he was speaking about them.
    And although they were attempting to arrest him,
    they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

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