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First Reading
1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

Terrible affliction was upon Israel.

A reading from the first Book of Maccabees

[From the descendants of Alexander’s officers
   there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,
   son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.
He became king in the year one hundred and thirty-seven
   of the kingdom of the Greeks.]

In those days there appeared in Israel
   men who were breakers of the law,
   and they seduced many people, saying:
   “Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
   since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”
The proposal was agreeable;
   some from among the people promptly went to the king,
   and he authorized them to introduce the way of living
   of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem
   according to the Gentile custom.
They covered over the mark of their circumcision
   and abandoned the holy covenant;
   they allied themselves with the Gentiles
   and sold themselves to wrongdoing.

Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,
   each abandoning his particular customs.
All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king,
   and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion;
   they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.

On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev,
   in the year one hundred and forty-five,
   the king erected the horrible abomination
   upon the altar of burnt offerings
   and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars.
They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.
Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt.
Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant,
   and whoever observed the law,
   was condemned to death by royal decree.
But many in Israel were determined
   and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;
   they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food
   or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158

R. :

R. (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Indignation seizes me because of the wicked
   who forsake your law.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Though the snares of the wicked are twined about me,
   your law I have not forgotten.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Redeem me from the oppression of men,
   that I may keep your precepts.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

I am attacked by malicious persecutors
   who are far from your law.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

Far from sinners is salvation,
   because they seek not your statutes.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

I beheld the apostates with loathing,
   because they kept not to your promise.

R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 18:35-43

What do you want me to do for you? Lord, please let me see.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

As Jesus approached Jericho
   a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
   and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
   “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
   telling him to be silent,
   but he kept calling out all the more,
   “Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
   and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
   “What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
   and followed him, giving glory to God.

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.

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