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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Sunday, 2023-03-19:

  • Saint Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2023:


    2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16

    4But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5"Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; 16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.'"


    Psalms 89:2-5, 27, 29

    1I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations. 2For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens. 3Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: 4`I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah] 26He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.' 28My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.


    Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

    13The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants -- not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, 17as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" -- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be." 22That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."


    Luke 2:41-51

    41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." 49And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.


    Time of Lent.


    1 sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

    The LORD said to Samuel:
    "Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
    I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
    for I have chosen my king from among his sons."
    As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
    Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
    "Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him."
    But the LORD said to Samuel:
    "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
    because I have rejected him.
    Not as man sees does God see,
    because man sees the appearance
    but the LORD looks into the heart."
    In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
    but Samuel said to Jesse,
    "The LORD has not chosen any one of these."
    Then Samuel asked Jesse,
    "Are these all the sons you have?"
    Jesse replied,
    "There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep."
    Samuel said to Jesse,
    "Send for him;
    we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here."
    Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
    He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
    and making a splendid appearance.
    The LORD said,
    "There—anoint him, for this is the one!"
    Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
    anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
    and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.


    ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

    R/ (1)
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    With your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


    eph 5:8-14

    Brothers and sisters:
    You were once darkness,
    but now you are light in the Lord.
    Live as children of light,
    for light produces every kind of goodness
    and righteousness and truth.
    Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
    Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
    rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
    the things done by them in secret;
    but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
    for everything that becomes visible is light.
    Therefore, it says:
    "Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
    and Christ will give you light."


    jn 9:1-41

    As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
    His disciples asked him,
    "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
    that he was born blind?"
    Jesus answered,
    "Neither he nor his parents sinned;
    it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
    We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.
    Night is coming when no one can work.
    While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
    When he had said this, he spat on the ground
    and made clay with the saliva,
    and smeared the clay on his eyes,
    and said to him,
    "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" —which means Sent—.
    So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
    His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
    "Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?"
    Some said, "It is, "
    but others said, "No, he just looks like him."
    He said, "I am."
    So they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?"
    He replied,
    "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes
    and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’
    So I went there and washed and was able to see."
    And they said to him, "Where is he?"
    He said, "I don’t know."
    They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
    Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
    So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
    He said to them,
    "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see."
    So some of the Pharisees said,
    "This man is not from God,
    because he does not keep the sabbath."
    But others said,
    "How can a sinful man do such signs?"
    And there was a division among them.
    So they said to the blind man again,
    "What do you have to say about him,
    since he opened your eyes?"
    He said, "He is a prophet."
    Now the Jews did not believe
    that he had been blind and gained his sight
    until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
    They asked them,
    "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
    How does he now see?"
    His parents answered and said,
    "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
    We do not know how he sees now,
    nor do we know who opened his eyes.
    Ask him, he is of age;
    he can speak for himself."
    His parents said this because they were afraid
    of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed
    that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ,
    he would be expelled from the synagogue.
    For this reason his parents said,
    "He is of age; question him."
    So a second time they called the man who had been blind
    and said to him, "Give God the praise!
    We know that this man is a sinner."
    He replied,
    "If he is a sinner, I do not know.
    One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see."
    So they said to him,
    "What did he do to you?
    How did he open your eyes?"
    He answered them,
    "I told you already and you did not listen.
    Why do you want to hear it again?
    Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
    They ridiculed him and said,
    "You are that man’s disciple;
    we are disciples of Moses!
    We know that God spoke to Moses,
    but we do not know where this one is from."
    The man answered and said to them,
    "This is what is so amazing,
    that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
    We know that God does not listen to sinners,
    but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
    It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
    If this man were not from God,
    he would not be able to do anything."
    They answered and said to him,
    "You were born totally in sin,
    and are you trying to teach us?"
    Then they threw him out.
    When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
    he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
    He answered and said,
    "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
    Jesus said to him,
    "You have seen him,
    the one speaking with you is he."
    He said,
    "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
    Then Jesus said,
    "I came into this world for judgment,
    so that those who do not see might see,
    and those who do see might become blind."
    Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this
    and said to him, "Surely we are not also blind, are we?"
    Jesus said to them,
    "If you were blind, you would have no sin;
    but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

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