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Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

 • 07:53 AM Sat Jul 11, 2015

Reading 1 and// GN 49:29-32 50:15-26A Jacob gave his sons this chargeand Since I am about to be taken to my people,bury me with my fathers in the cave that liesin the field of Ephron the Hittite,the cave in the field of Machpelah,facing on Mamre, in the land of Canaan,the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittitefor a burial ground.There Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried,and so are Isaac and his wife Rebekah,and there, too, I buried Leah–the field and the cave in itthat had been purchased from the Hittites.”Now that their father was dead,Joseph’s brothers became fearful and thought, Suppose Joseph has been nursing a grudge against usand now plans to pay us back in full for all the wrong we did him!”So they approached Joseph and saidand Before your father died, he gave us these instructionsand‘You shall say to Joseph, Jacob begs youto forgive the criminal wrongdoing of your brothers,who treated you so cruelly.’Please, therefore, forgive the crime that we,the servants of your father’s God, committed.”When they spoke these words to him, Joseph broke into tears.Then his brothers proceeded to fling themselves down before himand said, Let us be your slaves!”But Joseph replied to themand Have no fear. Can I take the place of God?Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good,to achieve his present end, the survival of many people.Therefore have no fear.I will provide for you and for your children.”By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them.Joseph remained in Egypt, together with his father’s family.He lived a hundred and ten years.He saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation,and the children of Manasseh’s son Machirwere also born on Joseph’s knees.Joseph said to his brothersand I am about to die.God will surely take care of you and lead you out of this land to the landthat he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”Then, putting the sons of Israel under oath, he continued, When God thus takes care of you,you must bring my bones up with you from this place.”Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. Responsorial Psalm and// PS 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7 R. (see Psalm 69:33)Be glad you lowly ones may your hearts be glad!Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his namemake known among the nations his deeds.Sing to him, sing his praise,proclaim all his wondrous deeds.R.Be glad you lowly ones may your hearts be glad!Glory in his holy namerejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!Look to the LORD in his strengthseek to serve him constantly.R.Be glad you lowly ones may your hearts be glad!You descendants of Abraham, his servants,sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!He, the LORD, is our Godthroughout the earth his judgments prevail.R.Be glad you lowly ones may your hearts be glad! Alleluia and// 1 PT 4:14 R.Alleluia, alleluia.If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,for the Spirit of God rests upon you.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and// MT 10:24-33 Jesus said to his Apostlesand No disciple is above his teacher,no slave above his master.It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,for the slave that he become like his master.If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,how much more those of his household! Therefore do not be afraid of them.Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,nor secret that will not be known.What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the lightwhat you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soulrather, be afraid of the one who can destroyboth soul and body in Gehenna.Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.Even all the hairs of your head are counted.So do not be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows.Everyone who acknowledges me before othersI will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.But whoever denies me before others,I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

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