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    Reading I 2 Cor 11:1-11 Brothers and sisters: If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the […]
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    Reading I 2 Cor 9:6-11 Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:     He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;         his righteousness endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread […]
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    Reading I 2 Cor 8:1-9 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God that has been given to the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For according to their means, I can testify, and beyond their means, spontaneously, they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part in the service to the holy ones, and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us through […]
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    Reading I 2 Cor 6:1-10 Brothers and sisters: As your fellow workers, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says:     In an acceptable time I heard you,         and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, […]
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    Reading I Ez 17:22-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,     from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot, and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;     on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,     and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,     every winged thing in the shade of its boughs. And all the trees of the field shall know     that I, the LORD, bring low the high tree, […]
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