Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 21, 2010
Psalter: Week I
Color: Violet

Daily Readings:
  • First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21

    16 . Thus says the Lord, who gave you a way through the sea and a path through the torrent of waters,
    17 . who led out the chariot and the horse, the column of robust troops. They went to sleep together, and they will not arise. They have been crushed like flax, and they have been extinguished.
    18 . You need not call to mind the past, nor consider the things of antiquity.
    19 . Behold, I am accomplishing new things. And presently, they will spring forth. With certainty, you will know them. I will make a way in the desert, and rivers in an impassible place.
    20 . The wild beasts of the field will glorify me, with the serpents and the ostriches. For I have brought waters to the desert, rivers to inaccessible places, in order to give drink to my people, to my elect.
    21 . This is the people whom I have formed for myself. They will speak my praise.

  • Psalm: Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    1 . When the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, we became like those who are consoled.
    2 a. Then our mouth was filled with gladness and our tongue with exultation.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    2 b. Then they will say among the nations: “The Lord has done great things for them.”
    3 . The Lord has done great things for us. We have become joyful.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    4 . Convert our captivity, O Lord, like a torrent in the south.
    5 . Those who sow in tears shall reap in exultation.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    6 . When departing, they went forth and wept, sowing their seeds.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

  • Second Reading: Philippians 3:8-14

    8 . Brothers and Sisters: Yet truly, I consider everything to be a loss, because of the preeminent knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of everything, considering it all to be like dung, so that I may gain Christ,
    9 . and so that you may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, the justice within faith, which is of God.
    10 . So shall I know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his Passion, having been fashioned according to his death,
    11 . if, by some means, I might attain to the resurrection which is from the dead.
    12 . It is not as though I have already received this, or were already perfect. But rather I pursue, so that by some means I might attain, that in which I have already been attained by Christ Jesus.
    13 . Brothers, I do not consider that I have already attained this. Instead, I do one thing: forgetting those things that are behind, and extending myself toward those things that are ahead,
    14 . I pursue the destination, the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus.

  • Gospel: John 8:1-11

    1 . But Jesus continued on to the Mount of Olives.
    2 . And early in the morning, he went again to the temple; and all the people came to him. And sitting down, he taught them.
    3 . Now the scribes and Pharisees brought forward a woman caught in adultery, and they stood her in front of them.
    4 . And they said to him: “Teacher, this woman was just now caught in adultery.
    5 . And in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such a one. Therefore, what do you say?”
    6 . But they were saying this to test him, so that they might be able to accuse him. Then Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the earth.
    7 . And then, when they persevered in questioning him, he stood upright and said to them, “Let whoever is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”
    8 . And bending down again, he wrote on the earth.
    9 . But upon hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, with the woman standing in front of him.
    10 . Then Jesus, raising himself up, said to her: “Woman, where are those who accused you? Has no one condemned you?”
    11 . And she said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said: “Neither will I condemn you. Go, and now do not choose to sin anymore.”


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