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Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 and//www.usccb.org/bible/exodus/11:10 EX 11:10—12:14 Although Moses and Aaron performed various wondersin Pharaoh’s presence,the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land.The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, This month shall stand at the head of your calendaryou shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israeland On the tenth of this monthevery one of your families must procure for itself a lamb,one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb,it shall join the nearest household in procuring oneand shall share in the lambin proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then,with the whole assembly of Israel present,it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.They shall take some of its bloodand apply it to the two doorposts and the lintelof every house in which they partake of the lamb.That same night they shall eat its roasted fleshwith unleavened bread and bitter herbs.It shall not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole,with its head and shanks and inner organs.None of it must be kept beyond the next morningwhatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up. This is how you are to eat itandwith your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,you shall eat like those who are in flight.It is the Passover of the LORD.For on this same night I will go through Egypt,striking down every first born of the land, both man and beast,and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!But the blood will mark the houses where you are.Seeing the blood, I will pass over youthus, when I strike the land of Egypt,no destructive blow will come upon you. This day shall be a memorial feast for you,which all your generations shall celebratewith pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.” Responsorial Psalm and//www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/116:12 PS 116:12-13, 15 AND 16BC, 17-18 R. (13)I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.How shall I make a return to the LORDfor all the good he has done for me?The cup of salvation I will take up,and I will call upon the name of the LORD.R.I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.Precious in the eyes of the LORDis the death of his faithful ones.I am your servant, the son of your handmaidyou have loosed my bonds.R.I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,and I will call upon the name of the LORD.My vows to the LORD I will payin the presence of all his people.R.I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord. Alleluia and//www.usccb.org/bible/john/10:27 JN 10:27 R.Alleluia, alleluia.My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord,I know them, and they follow me.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and//www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/12:1 MT 12:1-8 Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.His disciples were hungryand began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”He said to the them, Have you not read what David didwhen he and his companions were hungry,how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,which neither he nor his companionsbut only the priests could lawfully eat?Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbaththe priests serving in the temple violate the sabbathand are innocent?I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.If you knew what this meant,I desire mercy, not sacrifice,you would not have condemned these innocent men.For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

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