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  • Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading I Nm 12:1-13

    Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext
    of the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.
    They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?
    Does he not speak through us also?”
    And the LORD heard this.
    Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.
    So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam,
    “Come out, you three, to the meeting tent.”
    And the three of them went.
    Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud,
    and standing at the entrance of the tent,
    called Aaron and Miriam.
    When both came forward, he said,
    “Now listen to the words of the LORD:

    Should there be a prophet among you,
    in visions will I reveal myself to him,
    in dreams will I speak to him;
    not so with my servant Moses!
    Throughout my house he bears my trust:
    face to face I speak to him;
    plainly and not in riddles.
    The presence of the LORD he beholds.

    Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?”

    So angry was the LORD against them that when he departed,
    and the cloud withdrew from the tent,
    there was Miriam, a snow-white leper!
    When Aaron turned and saw her a leper, he said to Moses,
    “Ah, my lord! Please do not charge us with the sin
    that we have foolishly committed!
    Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe
    that comes forth from its mother’s womb
    with its flesh half consumed.”
    Then Moses cried to the LORD, “Please, not this! Pray, heal her!”

    Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13

    R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    For I acknowledge my offense;
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned;
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    That you may be justified in your sentence,
    vindicated when you condemn.
    Indeed, in guilt was I born,
    and in sin my mother conceived me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not off from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

    Alleluia Jn 1:49b

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
    you are the King of Israel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 14:22-36

    Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
    and precede him to the other side of the sea,
    while he dismissed the crowds.
    After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
    When it was evening he was there alone.
    Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
    was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
    During the fourth watch of the night,
    he came toward them, walking on the sea.
    When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
    “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
    At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
    Peter said to him in reply,
    “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
    He said, “Come.”
    Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
    But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
    and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
    Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
    and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
    After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
    Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
    “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

    After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
    When the men of that place recognized him,
    they sent word to all the surrounding country.
    People brought to him all those who were sick
    and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
    and as many as touched it were healed.

        The following text may be substituted, 
        especially in Year A when the above Gospel is read on Monday:

    Mt 15:1-2, 10-14

    Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
    “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?
    They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.”
    He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand.
    It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man;
    but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”
    Then his disciples approached and said to him,
    “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense
    when they heard what you said?”
    He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted
    will be uprooted.
    Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.
    If a blind man leads a blind man,
    both will fall into a pit.”

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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.

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  • Martes de la XVIII Semana del Tiempo Ordinario

    Lectura I Nm 12, 1-13

    En aquellos días, María y Aarón criticaron a Moisés porque había tomado por esposa a una mujer extranjera. Decían: “¿Acaso el Señor le ha hablado solamente a Moisés? ¿Acaso no nos ha hablado también a nosotros?” Y el Señor los oyó. Moisés era el hombre más humilde de la tierra.

    De repente, el Señor les dijo a Moisés, a Aarón y a María: “Vayan los tres a la tienda de la reunión”. Y fueron los tres. Bajó el Señor en la columna de nube y se quedó en la puerta de la tienda. Llamó a Aarón y a María, y los dos se acercaron.

    El Señor les dijo: “Escuchen mis palabras. Cuando hay un profeta entre ustedes, yo me comunico con él por medio de visiones y de sueños. Pero con Moisés, mi siervo, es muy distinto: él es el siervo más fiel de mi casa; yo hablo con él cara a cara, abiertamente y sin secretos, y él contempla cara a cara al Señor. ¿Por qué, pues, se han atrevido ustedes a criticar a mi siervo, Moisés?”

    Y la ira del Señor se encendió contra ellos. Cuando él se fue y la nube se retiró de encima de la tienda, María estaba leprosa, blanca como la nieve. Aarón se volvió hacia María y vio que estaba leprosa.

    Entonces Aarón le dijo a Moisés: “Perdónanos, Señor nuestro, el pecado que neciamente hemos cometido. Que no sea María como quien nace muerta del seno de su madre; mira su carne ya medio consumida por la lepra”. Entonces Moisés clamó al Señor, diciendo: “Señor, ¡cúrala por favor!”

    Salmo Responsorial Del Salmo 50

    R. (cf 3a) Misericordia, Señor, hemos pecado.
    Por tu inmensa compasión y misericordia,
    Señor, apiádate de mí y olvida mis ofensas.
    Lávame bien de todos mis delitos
    y purifícame de mis pecados. 
    R. Misericordia, Señor, hemos pecado.
    Puesto que reconozco mis culpas,
    tengo siempre presentes mis pecados.
    Contra ti solo pequé, Señor,
    haciendo lo que a tus ojos era malo. 
    R. Misericordia, Señor, hemos pecado.
    Es justa tu sentencia 
    y eres justo, Señor, al castigarme. 
    Nací en la iniquidad, 
    y pecador me concibió mi madre. 
    R. Misericordia, Señor, hemos pecado.
    Crea en mí, Señor, un corazón puro,
    un espíritu nuevo para cumplir tus mandamientos.
    No me arrojes, Señor, lejos de ti, 
    ni retires de mí tu santo espíritu. 
    R. Misericordia, Señor, hemos pecado.

    Aclamación antes del Evangelio Jn 1, 49

    R. Aleluya, aleluya.
    Maestro, tú eres el Hijo de Dios,
    tú eres el rey de Israel.
    R. Aleluya.

    Evangelio Mt 14, 22-36

    En aquel tiempo, inmediatamente después de la multiplicación de los panes, Jesús hizo que sus discípulos subieran a la barca y se dirigieran a la otra orilla, mientras él despedía a la gente. Después de despedirla, subió al monte a solas para orar. Llegada la noche, estaba él solo allí.

    Entre tanto, la barca iba ya muy lejos de la costa y las olas la sacudían, porque el viento era contrario. A la madrugada, Jesús fue hacia ellos, caminando sobre el agua. Los discípulos, al verlo andar sobre el agua, se espantaron y decían: “¡Es un fantasma!” Y daban gritos de terror. Pero Jesús les dijo enseguida: “Tranquilícense y no teman. Soy yo”.

    Entonces le dijo Pedro: “Señor, si eres tú, mándame ir a ti caminando sobre el agua”. Jesús le contestó: “Ven”. Pedro bajó de la barca y comenzó a caminar sobre el agua hacia Jesús; pero al sentir la fuerza del viento, le entró miedo, comenzó a hundirse y gritó: “¡Sálvame, Señor!” Inmediatamente Jesús le tendió la mano, lo sostuvo y le dijo: “Hombre de poca fe, ¿por qué dudaste?”

    En cuanto subieron a la barca, el viento se calmó. Los que estaban en la barca se postraron ante Jesús, diciendo: “Verdaderamente tú eres el Hijo de Dios”.

    Terminada la travesía, llegaron a Genesaret. Apenas lo reconocieron los habitantes de aquel lugar, pregonaron la noticia por toda la región y le trajeron a todos los enfermos. Le pedían que los dejara tocar siquiera el borde de su manto; y cuantos lo tocaron, quedaron curados.

    O bien:
    Mt 15:1-2. 10-14

    En aquel tiempo, se acercaron a Jesús unos escribas y unos fariseos venidos de Jerusalén y le preguntaron: “¿Por qué tus discípulos quebrantan la tradición de nuestros mayores y no se lavan las manos antes de comer?”

    Jesús llamó entonces a la gente y le dijo: “Escuchen y traten de comprender. No es lo que entra por la boca lo que mancha al hombre; lo que sale de la boca, eso es lo que mancha al hombre”.

    Se le acercaron entonces los discípulos y le dijeron: “¿Sabes que los fariseos se han escandalizado de tus palabras?” Jesús les respondió: “Las plantas que no haya plantado mi Padre celestial, serán arrancadas de raíz. Déjenlos; son ciegos que guían a otros ciegos. Y si un ciego guía a otro ciego, los dos caerán en un hoyo”.


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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 septiembre de 2004. Utilizados con permiso. Todos los derechos reservados. Debido a cuestiones de permisos de impresión, los Salmos Responsoriales que se incluyen aquí son los del Leccionario que se utiliza en México. Su parroquia podría usar un texto diferente.

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Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.


St. Alphonsus Liguori

Spiritual Communion Prayer

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.

Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val

Anima Christi Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from Christ’s side, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee.
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints.
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 

May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.

And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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XVIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 1st



Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God, come

One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose You now


PSALM 78 (Francesca LaRosa)
The Lord gave them bread from heaven.



Every table is an altar
Every breath is a gift from you
Every moment is a treasure
Every day is a kiss from you

So let our hearts be awake, be awake
Let our hearts be awake, be awake
Let our hearts be awake, be awake
Let our hearts be awake
Break the bread, pour the wine
Let our hearts come alive
In your presence, in your presence
Let our fear fall away let our faith rise today
In your presence, in your presence     


BREATHE (Vineyard Worship)

This is the air I breathe, this is the air I breathe
Your Holy Presence living in me
This is my daily bread, this is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I, I’m desperate for You
And I, I’m lost without You



Found in your hands, fullness of joy
Every fear suddenly wiped away
Here in your presence
All of my gains now fade away
Every crown no longer on display
Here in your presence

Heaven is trembling in awe of your wonders
Kings and their kingdoms are standing amazed

Here in your presence we are undone
Here in your presence heaven and earth become one
Here in your presence all things are new
Here in your presence everything bows before You

Wonderful, beautiful, glorious
Matchless in every way!



I know He rescued my soul
His blood covered my sin
I believe I believe

My shame He’s taken away
My pain is healed in His name
I believe I believe
I’ll raise a banner
Cause my Lord has conquered the grave

My Redeemer lives my Redeemer lives
My Redeemer lives my Redeemer lives

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Music by The Call

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