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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Is 62:1-5

For Zion's sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you "Forsaken, "
or your land "Desolate, "
but you shall be called "My Delight, "
and your land "Espoused."
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10

R. (3) Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
 among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
 give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Worship the LORD in holy attire.
Tremble before him, all the earth;
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He governs the peoples with equity.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Reading 2 1 Cor 12:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom;
to another, the expression of knowledge according to the
same Spirit;
to another, faith by the same Spirit;
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another, mighty deeds;
to another, prophecy;
to another, discernment of spirits;
to another, varieties of tongues;
to another, interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

Alleluia Cf. 2 Thes 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
"They have no wine."
And Jesus said to her,
"Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servers,
"Do whatever he tells you."
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
"Fill the jars with water."
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
"Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
"Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now."
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.


 
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Segundo Domingo Ordinario

Primera lectura

Is 62, 1-5
Por amor a Sión no me callaré
y por amor a Jerusalén no me daré reposo,
hasta que surja en ella esplendoroso el justo
y brille su salvación como una antorcha.

Entonces las naciones verán tu justicia,
y tu gloria todos los reyes.
Te llamarán con un nombre nuevo,
pronunciado por la boca del Señor.
Serás corona de gloria en la mano del Señor
y diadema real en la palma de su mano.

Ya no te llamarán “Abandonada”,
ni a tu tierra, “Desolada”;
a ti te llamarán “Mi complacencia”
y a tu tierra, “Desposada”,
porque el Señor se ha complacido en ti
y se ha desposado con tu tierra.

Como un joven se desposa con una doncella,
se desposará contigo tu hacedor;
como el esposo se alegra con la esposa,
así se alegrará tu Dios contigo.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 95, 1-2a. 2b-3. 7-8a. 9-10a y c.
R. (3) Cantemos la grandeza del Señor.
Cantemos al Señor un nuevo canto,
que le canten al Señor toda la tierra;
cantemos al Señor y bendigámoslo.    
R. Cantemos la grandeza del Señor.
Proclamemos su amor día tras día,
su grandeza anunciemos a los pueblos;
de nación en nación, sus maravillas.  
 R. Cantemos la grandeza del Señor.
Alaben al Señor, pueblos del orbe,
reconozcan su gloria y su poder
y tribútenle honores a su nombre.  
R. Cantemos la grandeza del Señor.
Caigamos en su templo de rodillas.
Tiemblen ante el Señor los atrevidos.
“Reina el Señor”, digamos a los pueblos,
gobierna a las naciones con justicia.  
 R. Cantemos la grandeza del Señor.


Segunda Lectura

1 Cor 12, 4-11
Hermanos: Hay diferentes dones, pero el Espíritu es el mismo. Hay diferentes servicios, pero el Señor es el mismo. Hay diferentes actividades, pero Dios, que hace todo en todos, es el mismo.

En cada uno se manifiesta el Espíritu para el bien común. Uno recibe el don de la sabiduría; otro, el don de la ciencia. A uno se le concede el don de la fe; a otro, la gracia de hacer curaciones, y a otro más, poderes milagrosos. Uno recibe el don de profecía, y otro, el de discernir los espíritus. A uno se le concede el don de lenguas, y a otro, el de interpretarlas. Pero es uno solo y el mismo Espíritu el que hace todo eso, distribuyendo a cada uno sus dones, según su voluntad.

Palabra de Dios.


Evangelio

Jn 2, 1-11
En aquel tiempo, hubo una boda en Caná de Galilea, a la cual asistió la madre de Jesús. Éste y sus discípulos también fueron invitados. Como llegara a faltar el vino, María le dijo a Jesús: “Ya no tienen vino”. Jesús le contestó: “Mujer, ¿qué podemos hacer tú y yo? Todavía no llega mi hora”. Pero ella dijo a los que servían: “Hagan lo que él les diga”.

Había allí seis tinajas de piedra, de unos cien litros cada una, que servían para las purificaciones de los judíos. Jesús dijo a los que servían: “Llenen de agua esas tinajas”. Y las llenaron hasta el borde. Entonces les dijo: “Saquen ahora un poco y llévenselo al mayordomo”.

Así lo hicieron, y en cuanto el mayordomo probó el agua convertida en vino, sin saber su procedencia, porque sólo los sirvientes la sabían, llamó al novio y le dijo: “Todo el mundo sirve primero el vino mejor, y cuando los invitados ya han bebido bastante, se sirve el corriente. Tú, en cambio, has guardado el vino mejor hasta ahora”.

Esto que hizo Jesús en Caná de Galilea fue el primero de sus signos. Así manifestó su gloria y sus discípulos creyeron en él.

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.

Sábado de la I semana del Tiempo ordinario

Primera lectura

Heb 4, 12-16
Hermanos: La palabra de Dios es viva, eficaz y más penetrante que una espada de dos filos. Llega hasta lo más íntimo del alma, hasta la médula de los huesos y descubre los pensamientos e intenciones del corazón. Toda creatura es transparente para ella. Todo queda al desnudo y al descubierto ante los ojos de aquel a quien debemos rendir cuentas.

Puesto que Jesús, el Hijo de Dios, es nuestro sumo sacerdote, que ha entrado en el cielo, mantengamos firme la profesión de nuestra fe. En efecto, no tenemos un sumo sacerdote que no sea capaz de compadecerse de nuestros sufrimientos, puesto que él mismo ha pasado por las mismas pruebas que nosotros, excepto el pecado.

Acerquémonos, por lo tanto, con plena confianza, al trono de la gracia, para recibir misericordia, hallar la gracia y obtener ayuda en el momento oportuno.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 18, 8. 9. 10. 15
R. (cf Jn 6, 63c) Tú tienes, Señor, palabras de vida eterna.
La ley del Señor es perfecta del todo
y reconforta el alma;
inmutables son las palabras del Señor
y hacen sabio al sencillo.
R. Tú tienes, Señor, palabras de vida eterna.
En los mandamientos del Señor hay rectitud
y alegría para el corazón;
son luz los preceptos del Señor
para alumbrar el camino.
R. Tú tienes, Señor, palabras de vida eterna.
La voluntad del Señor es santa
Y para siempre estable;
los mandamientos del Señor son verdaderos
y enteramente justos.
R. Tú tienes, Señor, palabras de vida eterna.
Que te sean gratas las palabras de mi boca,
y los anhelos de mi corazón.
Haz, Señor, que siempre te busque,
pues eres mi refugio y salvación.
R. Tú tienes, Señor, palabras de vida eterna.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Lc 4, 18
R. Aleluya, aleluya.
El Señor me ha enviado
para llevar a los pobres la buena nueva
y proclamar la liberación a los cautivos.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mc 2, 13-17
En aquel tiempo, Jesús salió de nuevo a caminar por la orilla del lago; toda la muchedumbre lo seguía y él les hablaba. Al pasar, vio a Leví (Mateo), el hijo de Alfeo, sentado en el banco de los impuestos, y le dijo: “Sígueme”. Él se levantó y lo siguió.

Mientras Jesús estaba a la mesa en casa de Leví, muchos publicanos y pecadores se sentaron a la mesa junto con Jesús y sus discípulos, porque eran muchos los que lo seguían. Entonces unos escribas de la secta de los fariseos, viéndolo comer con los pecadores y publicanos, preguntaron a sus discípulos: “¿Por qué su maestro come y bebe en compañía de publicanos y pecadores?”

Habiendo oído esto, Jesús les dijo: “No son los sanos los que tienen necesidad del médico, sino los enfermos. Yo no he venido para llamar a los justos, sino a los pecadores”.

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16

The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,     
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15

R. (see John 6:63c)  Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Alleluia Lk 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, "Follow me."
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
"Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus heard this and said to them,
"Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Issues Invitation to Celebrate Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

WASHINGTON--Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, invites all to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place January 18-25, 2019. This week provides an opportunity to join together and pray as Jesus did “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21) The practice, originally called the Christian Unity Octave, was first observed in 1908 by Fr. Paul Wattson and Sr. Lurana White, co-founders of the Society of Atonement. Today, it is a collaborative project by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

This year’s theme is “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20). It was chosen by Christians from Indonesia, highlighting the unique opportunity the call for justice plays in our ecumenical efforts. According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII) who promotes the Week of Prayer in the United States, Christian communities "become newly aware of their unity as they join in a common concern and a common response to an unjust reality. At the same time, confronted by these injustices, we are obliged, as Christians, to examine the ways in which we are complicit. Only by heeding Jesus’s prayer 'that they all may be one' can we witness to living unity in diversity. It is through our unity in Christ that we will be able to combat injustice and serve the needs of its victims."

Further information and other resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are available at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/events/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity.cfm
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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Pro-Life Committee Chairman’s Roe v. Wade Anniversary Statement Encourages Faithful to be “Witnesses of Merciful Love”

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful "to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God’s grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image.”

His statement on January 18 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states. Archbishop Naumann, who gave the opening prayer at the March for Life the same day, chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Protecting the life of the unborn children is the pre-eminent human rights issue of our time, not only because of the sheer magnitude of the numbers, but because abortion attacks the sanctuary of life, the family,” wrote Archbishop Naumann. “Every abortion not only destroys the life of an innocent child, but it wounds and scars mothers and fathers...in reality, the welfare of parents and their child are always intimately linked.”

Naumann also made it clear that pro-life Catholics “are concerned about the life and dignity of the human person wherever it is threatened or diminished,” and highlighted the sexual abuse crisis within the Church as an example of “grave injustice” to this dignity. “The abuse of children or minors upends the pro-life ethic,” the Archbishop explained, because it is an “egregious offense against the dignity of the human person.”

The Archbishop spoke of a Church “devastated by the scandal of sexual misconduct by clergy and of past instances of the failure of bishops to respond with compassion to victims of abuse and to protect adequately the members of their flock.” He urged the Church and the faithful to “seek justice for all of God’s children.”
“We must do all we can to be God’s witnesses of merciful love in the world,” the Archbishop continued. “We know and give thanks for the great dignity God has given to us from the moment of conception, to be made in his image. We also must pray for the grace to remind others of this inherent dignity, in our words and in our actions.”

The Archbishop encouraged all Catholics to take part in the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn on January 22: “Let us pray that we can be great and effective witnesses for life, witnesses for love, witnesses for mercy.”

The full text of Archbishop Naumann's message is available online at http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/2019/2019-statement-on-the-anniversary-of-roe-vs-wade.cfm
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Keywords: USCCB, Pro-Life, Abortion, Archbishop Naumann, March for Life, protection of life, human person, mercy, human dignity, National Day of Prayer
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President Trump Announces Commitment to Uphold Pro-Life Laws

WASHINGTON— Today, President Trump reiterated his enduring support for pro-life laws or policies. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities responded with the following statement:

“As Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, I commend President Trump for announcing at today’s March for Life that he will oppose repealing or weakening any existing pro-life laws or policies. These pro-life laws and policies reflect the convictions of millions of Americans, many of whom attended today’s March, that taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortions, or organizations that promote abortion, or participate in any way in the deliberate destruction of unborn human life.

We are deeply grateful for the President’s pro-life commitment, and for all the actions this administration has taken to protect unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to advance policies that value human life and dignity from conception to natural death.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB, Pro-Life

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USCCB President Says Society Needs “Artisans of Peace” by Following Dr. King’s Example

WASHINGTON— The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21.

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

“Today more than ever, our societies need ‘artisans of peace’ who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family.”
Pope Francis’ words, given in his 2019 World Day of Peace address, remind us how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was such an artisan of peace. Dr. King was a messenger and true witness to the power of the gospel lived in action through public life. This year, as we again mark the anniversary of his life, and reflect upon the 51st anniversary of his death, we are thankful for the path forged by Dr. King and the countless others who worked tirelessly and suffered greatly in the fight for racial equality and justice.
As a nation and as a society, we face great challenges as well as tremendous opportunities ahead.

This past November, the entire body of Catholic bishops approved Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love— A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. The letter’s goal is to again name and call attention to a great affliction and evil that persists in this nation, and to offer a hope-filled Christian response to this perennial sickness. Racism is a national wound from which we continually struggle to heal. As we wrote in the pastoral letter, “Racism can only end if we contend with the policies and institutional barriers that perpetuate and preserve the inequality—economic and social—that we still see all around us.”

Today, remembering how Dr. King contended with policies and institutional barriers of his time, many which persist today, we renew our pledge to fight for the end of racism in the Church and in the United States. We pledge our commitment to build a culture of life, where all people are valued for their intrinsic dignity as daughters and sons of God. We encourage Catholics and all people of good will to study the pastoral letter, and to study and reflect upon Dr. King’s witness against the destructive effects of racism, poverty and continuous war.  

We call on everyone to embrace our ongoing need for healing in all areas of our lives where we are wounded, but particularly where our hearts are not truly open to the idea and the truth that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. As Dr. King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."  
USCCB Pastoral Letter on racism and other information about the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Racism

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Holy Land 2019 Coordination Communiqué: Christians in Israel – Challenges and Opportunities

WASHINGTON—Representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Chairman of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met in the Holy Land January 12-17, 2019. Together, they have issued their annual communiqué in which they acknowledge the challenges and opportunities that Christians face in Israel. In the communiqué, the bishops call for prayer, pilgrimage and practical solidarity on behalf of Christians in Israel to help keep hope for the future alive.

Noting that Israel was founded on the principle of equality for all citizens, representatives of bishops’ conferences from several countries, including the United States, acknowledged that Christians in Israel face challenges and opportunities. In the final communiqué of the Holy Land Coordination, the bishops called for prayer, pilgrimage and practical solidarity to help Christians in Israel keep their hope for the future alive.

Nineteen bishops from Europe, the United States, Canada and South Africa made the annual solidarity visit which included time spent in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, and villages meeting with Christian mayors, villagers, and migrants to hear of their stories of living and working in Israel.
In their communiqué, the bishops note that many Christians, along with Palestinian Arabs and migrants, face systematic discrimination and are marginalized. In particular they noted that Israel’s Nation State Law passed in 2018 creates “a constitutional and legal basis for discrimination” against minorities and supported “all those challenging discrimination.”

After visiting a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) camp and school in Jenin, the bishops also called for their governments to help fund health care, education and other basic services for Palestinian refugees. This was in response to the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw funding for the Palestinians and call for the closing of UNRWA.

The bishops expressed admiration for their sisters and brothers in the Holy Land for not losing hope and committed themselves to help keep that hope alive.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops along with bishops from other nations on this solidarity visit continue to decry violence as a way to resolve conflict but instead strongly support a two-state solution in which the two democratic sovereign states of Israel and Palestine exist in peace.

The Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land has met every January since 1998 to pray and act in solidarity with the Christian community in the Holy Land.
The bishops’ 2019 communiqué is available at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/holy-land-coordination-communique-january-2019.cfm
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Holy Land Coordination, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Holy Land, Israel, Christians, pilgrimage, solidarity, communiqué, United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Palestine, sovereign states

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Viernes de la I semana del tiempo ordinario

Primera lectura

Heb 4, 1-5. 11
Hermanos: Mientras está en pie la promesa de entrar en el descanso de Dios, tengamos cuidado, no sea que alguno se quede fuera. Porque a nosotros también se nos ha anunciado este mensaje de salvación, lo mismo que a los israelitas en el desierto; pero a ellos no les sirvió de nada oírlo, porque no lo recibieron con fe. En cambio, nosotros, que hemos creído, ciertamente entraremos en aquel descanso, al que se refería el Señor, cuando dijo: Por eso juré en mi cólera que no entrarían en mi descanso.

Los trabajos de Dios terminaron con la creación del mundo, ya que al hablar del séptimo día, la Escritura dice que Dios descansó de todos sus trabajos el día séptimo; y en el pasaje de que estamos hablando, afirma que no entrarían en su descanso.

Apresurémonos, pues, a entrar en ese descanso; no sea que alguno caiga en la infidelidad, como les sucedió a los israelitas.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 77, 3 y 4bc. 6c-7. 8
R. (cf 7c) No olvidemos las hazañas del Señor.
Cuanto hemos escuchado y conocemos
del poder del Señor y de su gloria,
cuanto nos han narrado nuestros padres,
nuestras hijos lo oirán de nuestra boca.
R. No olvidemos las hazañas del Señor.
Que ellos también lo cuenten a sus hijos
para que en Dios coloquen su esperanza,
cumplan los mandamientos del Señor
y no echen al olvido sus hazañas.
R. No olvidemos las hazañas del Señor.
Que no vayan a ser, como sus padres,
generación rebelde y obstinada,
inconstante de corazón
e infiel a Dios, de alma.
R. No olvidemos las hazañas del Señor.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Lc 7, 16
R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Un gran profeta ha surgido entre nosotros.
Dios ha visitado a su pueblo.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Mc 2, 1-12
Cuando Jesús volvió a Cafarnaúm, corrió la voz de que estaba en casa, y muy pronto se aglomeró tanta gente, que ya no había sitio frente a la puerta. Mientras él enseñaba su doctrina, le quisieron presentar a un paralítico, que iban cargando entre cuatro. Pero como no podían acercarse a Jesús por la cantidad de gente, quitaron parte del techo, encima de donde estaba Jesús, y por el agujero bajaron al enfermo en una camilla.

Viendo Jesús la fe de aquellos hombres, le dijo al paralítico: “Hijo, tus pecados te quedan perdonados”. Algunos escribas que estaban allí sentados comenzaron a pensar: “¿Por qué habla éste así? Eso es una blasfemia. ¿Quién puede perdonar los pecados sino sólo Dios?”

Conociendo Jesús lo que estaban pensando, les dijo: “¿Por qué piensan así? ¿Qué es más fácil, decirle al paralítico: ‘Tus pecados te son perdonados’ o decirle: ‘Levántate, recoge tu camilla y vete a tu casa’? Pues para que sepan que el Hijo del hombre tiene poder en la tierra para perdonar los pecados – le dijo al paralítico –: Yo te lo mando: levántate, recoge tu camilla y vete a tu casa”.

El hombre se levantó inmediatamente, recogió su camilla y salió de allí a la vista de todos, que se quedaron atónitos y daban gloria a Dios, diciendo: “¡Nunca habíamos visto cosa igual!”

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Los textos de la Sagrada Escritura utilizados en esta obra han sido tomados de los Leccionarios I, II y III, propiedad de la Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, copyright © 1987, quinta edición de setiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados.