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First Reading
Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15

“I AM” sent me to you.

Go to the Readings for Cycle A

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro,
   the priest of Midian.
Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
   the mountain of God.
There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
   though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
   “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
   and see why the bush is not burned.”

When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
   God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
God said, “Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
   for the place where you stand is holy ground.
I am the God of your fathers,” he continued,
   “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”
Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
But the LORD said,
   “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt
   and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers,
   so I know well what they are suffering.
Therefore I have come down to rescue them
   from the hands of the Egyptians and lead them out of that land into a good and spacious land,
   a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Moses said to God, “But when I go to the Israelites
   and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
   if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”
God replied, “I am who am.”
 Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites:
   I AM sent me to you.”
God spoke further to Moses, “Thus shall you say to the Israelites:
   The LORD, the God of your fathers,
   the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
   has sent me to you.
“This is my name forever;
   thus am I to be remembered through all generations.”

Continue with the Readings for Cycle C


Third Sunday of Lent [Cycle A]

First Reading
Ex 17:3-7

Give us water, so that we might drink.


A reading from the Book of Exodus

In those days, in their thirst for water,
   the people grumbled against Moses,
   saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?
Was it just to have us die here of thirst
   with our children and our livestock?”
So Moses cried out to the LORD,
   “What shall I do with this people?
a little more and they will stone me!”
The LORD answered Moses,
   “Go over there in front of the people,
   along with some of the elders of Israel,
   holding in your hand, as you go,
   the staff with which you struck the river.
I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb.
Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it
   for the people to drink.”
This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel.
The place was called Massah and Meribah,
   because the Israelites quarreled there
   and tested the LORD, saying,
   “Is the LORD in our midst or not?”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
   let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
   let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
   and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
   “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
   as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
   they tested me though they had seen my works.”

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Second Reading
Rom 5:1-2, 5-8

The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have been justified by faith,
   we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
   through whom we have gained access by faith
   to this grace in which we stand,
   and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not disappoint,
   because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
   through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
   died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
   though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
   in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Acclamation Before the Gospel
cf. Jn 4:42, 15

Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world;
give me living water, that I may never thirst again.

Gospel
Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

The water that I shall give will become a spring of eternal life.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
   near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
   “Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
   “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
   “If you knew the gift of God
   and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’
   you would have asked him
   and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
   “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
   where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
   who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
   with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
   “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
   but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
   the water I shall give will become in him
   a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
   “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
   or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her,
   “Go call your husband and come back.”
The woman answered and said to him,
   “I do not have a husband.”
Jesus answered her,
   “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
For you have had five husbands,
   and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
The woman said to him,
   “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
   but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
   when you will worship the Father
   neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
   we worship what we understand,
   because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
   when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
   and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
   must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
   “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
   when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
   “I am he, the one speaking with you.”

At that moment his disciples returned,
   and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
   but still no one said, “What are you looking for?”
   or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar
   and went into the town and said to the people,
   “Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?”
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them,
   “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
So the disciples said to one another,
   “Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
   “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
   and to finish his work.
Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’?
I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving payment
   and gathering crops for eternal life,
   so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for;
   others have done the work,
   and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him
   because of the word of the woman who testified,
   “He told me everything I have done.”
When the Samaritans came to him,
   they invited him to stay with them;
   and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
   and they said to the woman,
   “We no longer believe because of your word;
   for we have heard for ourselves,
   and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

Or: [Shorter Form]

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
   near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
   “Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
   “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
   “If you knew the gift of God
   and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’
   you would have asked him
   and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
   “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
   where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
   who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
   with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
   “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
   but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
   the water I shall give will become in him
   a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
   “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
   or have to keep coming here to draw water.

“I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
   but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
   when you will worship the Father
   neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
   we worship what we understand,
   because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
   when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
   and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
   must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
   “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
   when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
   “I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
   they invited him to stay with them;
   and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
   and they said to the woman,
   “We no longer believe because of your word;
   for we have heard for ourselves,
   and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11

R. :

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
   and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He pardons all your iniquities,
   heals all your ills,
He redeems your life from destruction,
   crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

The LORD secures justice
   and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
   and his deeds to the children of Israel.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.


Second Reading
1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12

The life of the people with Moses in the desert was written down as a warning to us.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
   that our ancestors were all under the cloud
   and all passed through the sea,
   and all of them were baptized into Moses
   in the cloud and in the sea.
All ate the same spiritual food,
   and all drank the same spiritual drink,
   for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them,
   and the rock was the Christ.
Yet God was not pleased with most of them,
   for they were struck down in the desert.

These things happened as examples for us,
   so that we might not desire evil things, as they did.
Do not grumble as some of them did,
   and suffered death by the destroyer.
These things happened to them as an example,
   and they have been written down as a warning to us,
   upon whom the end of the ages has come.
Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure
   should take care not to fall.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 4:17

Repent, says the Lord;
the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Gospel
Lk 13:1-9

If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
   whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
Jesus said to them in reply,
   “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
   they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
   you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
   when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
   do you think they were more guilty
   than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
   you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable:
   “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
   and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
   he said to the gardener,
   ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
   but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
   ‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
   and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
   it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

The Creed is said.

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