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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2018-01-25:

  • The Conversion of Saint Paul 2018:


    Acts 9:1-22

    Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
    went to the high priest and asked him
    for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
    if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
    he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
    On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
    a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
    He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
    "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
    He said, "Who are you, sir?"
    The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
    Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do."
    The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
    for they heard the voice but could see no one.
    Saul got up from the ground,
    but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
    so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
    For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

    There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
    and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias."
    He answered, "Here I am, Lord."
    The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight
    and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
    He is there praying,
    and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
    come in and lay his hands on him,
    that he may regain his sight."
    But Ananias replied,
    "Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
    what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
    And here he has authority from the chief priests
    to imprison all who call upon your name."
    But the Lord said to him,
    "Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
    to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
    and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name."
    So Ananias went and entered the house;
    laying his hands on him, he said,
    "Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
    Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
    that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
    Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
    and he regained his sight.
    He got up and was baptized,
    and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

    He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
    and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
    that he is the Son of God.
    All who heard him were astounded and said,
    "Is not this the man who in Jerusalem
    ravaged those who call upon this name,
    and came here expressly to take them back in chains
    to the chief priests?"
    But Saul grew all the stronger
    and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus,
    proving that this is the Christ.


    Ps 117:1bc, 2

    R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    Mk 16:15-18

    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    "Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."


    Ordinary Time.


    2 sm 7:18-19, 24-29

    After Nathan had spoken to King David,
    the king went in and sat before the LORD and said,
    “Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house,
    that you have brought me to this point?
    Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD;
    you have also spoken of the house of your servant
    for a long time to come:
    this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD!

    “You have established for yourself your people Israel as yours forever,
    and you, LORD, have become their God.
    And now, LORD God, confirm for all time the prophecy you have made
    concerning your servant and his house,
    and do as you have promised.
    Your name will be forever great, when men say,
    ‘The LORD of hosts is God of Israel,’
    and the house of your servant David stands firm before you.
    It is you, LORD of hosts, God of Israel,
    who said in a revelation to your servant,
    ‘I will build a house for you.’
    Therefore your servant now finds the courage to make this prayer to you.
    And now, Lord GOD, you are God and your words are truth;
    you have made this generous promise to your servant.
    Do, then, bless the house of your servant
    that it may be before you forever;
    for you, Lord GOD, have promised,
    and by your blessing the house of your servant
    shall be blessed forever.”


    ps 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14

    R. (Lk 1:32b) The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
    LORD, remember David
    and all his anxious care;
    How he swore an oath to the LORD,
    vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.
    R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
    “I will not enter the house where I live,
    nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
    I will give my eyes no sleep,
    my eyelids no rest,
    Till I find a home for the LORD,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
    R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
    The LORD swore an oath to David
    a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
    “Your own offspring
    I will set upon your throne.”
    R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
    “If your sons keep my covenant,
    and the decrees which I shall teach them,
    Their sons, too, forever
    shall sit upon your throne.”
    R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
    For the LORD has chosen Zion,
    he prefers her for his dwelling:
    “Zion is my resting place forever;
    in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”
    R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.


    mk 4:21-25

    Jesus said to his disciples,
    “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
    or under a bed,
    and not to be placed on a lampstand?
    For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
    nothing is secret except to come to light.
    Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
    He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
    The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
    and still more will be given to you.
    To the one who has, more will be given;
    from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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