READINGS (FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT)

FIRST READING
Is 43:16-21

See, I am doing something new and I give my people drink.

GO TO THE READINGS FOR CYCLE A

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD,
   who opens a way in the sea
   and a path in the mighty waters,
who leads out chariots and horsemen,
   a powerful army,
till they lie prostrate together, never to rise,
   snuffed out and quenched like a wick.
Remember not the events of the past,
   the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
   Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way,
   in the wasteland, rivers.
Wild beasts honor me,
   jackals and ostriches,
for I put water in the desert
   and rivers in the wasteland
   for my chosen people to drink,
the people whom I formed for myself,
   that they might announce my praise.

CONTINUE WITH THE READINGS FOR CYCLE C


Fifth Sunday of Lent [Cycle A]

FIRST READING
Ez 37:12-14

I will put my spirit in you that you may live.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord GOD:
O my people, I will open your graves
   and have you rise from them,
   and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
   when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
   O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
   and I will settle you upon your land;
   thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
   LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to my voice in supplication.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
   LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
   that you may be revered.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

I trust in the LORD;
   my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
   let Israel wait for the LORD.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

For with the LORD is kindness
   and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
   from all their iniquities.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

SECOND READING
Rom 8:8-11

The Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
   on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
   if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
   although the body is dead because of sin,
   the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
   the one who raised Christ from the dead
   will give life to your mortal bodies also,
   through his Spirit dwelling in you.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

Jn 11:25a, 26

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.

GOSPEL
Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

I am the resurrection and the life.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany,
   the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil
   and dried his feet with her hair;
   it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
So the sisters sent word to him saying,
   “Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
   “This illness is not to end in death,
   but is for the glory of God,
   that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
   he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
   “Let us go back to Judea.”
The disciples said to him,
   “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you,
   and you want to go back there?”
Jesus answered,
   “Are there not twelve hours in a day?
If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,
   because he sees the light of this world.
But if one walks at night, he stumbles,
   because the light is not in him.”
He said this, and then told them,
   “Our friend Lazarus is asleep,
   but I am going to awaken him.”
So the disciples said to him,
   “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
But Jesus was talking about his death,
   while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
So then Jesus said to them clearly,
   “Lazarus has died.
And I am glad for you that I was not there,
   that you may believe.
Let us go to him.”
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,
   “Let us also go to die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
   had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
   to comfort them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
   she went to meet him;
   but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
   “Lord, if you had been here,
   my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
   God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,
   “I know he will rise,
   in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
   “I am the resurrection and the life;
   whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
   and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
   the one who is coming into the world.”

When she had said this,
   she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,
   “The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
As soon as she heard this,
   she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village,
   but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her
   saw Mary get up quickly and go out,
   they followed her,
   presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him,
   she fell at his feet and said to him,
   “Lord, if you had been here,
   my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
   he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
   “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
   “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
   have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
   “Lord, by now there will be a stench;
   he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Did I not tell you that if you believe
   you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
   “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
   but because of the crowd here I have said this,
   that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
   he cried out in a loud voice,
   “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
   tied hand and foot with burial bands,
   and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
   “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
   and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Or: [Shorter Form]

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,
   “Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
   “This illness is not to end in death,
   but is for the glory of God,
   that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
   he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
   “Let us go back to Judea.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
   had already been in the tomb for four days.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
   she went to meet him;
   but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
   “Lord, if you had been here,
   my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
   God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said,
   “I know he will rise,
   in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
   “I am the resurrection and the life;
   whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
   and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
   the one who is coming into the world.”

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
   “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
   “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
   have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
   “Lord, by now there will be a stench;
   he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
   “Did I not tell you that if you believe
   you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
   “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
   but because of the crowd here I have said this,
   that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
   he cried out in a loud voice,
   “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
   tied hand and foot with burial bands,
   and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
   “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
   and seen what he had done began to believe in him.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord had done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
   we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with rejoicing.

R. The Lord had done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

They said among the nations,
   “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
   we are glad indeed.

R. The Lord had done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
   like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
   shall reap rejoicing.

R. The Lord had done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Although they go forth weeping,
   carrying the seed to be sown,
they shall come back rejoicing,
   carrying their sheaves.

R. The Lord had done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

SECOND READING
Phil 3:8-14

Because of Christ, I consider everything as a loss, being conformed to his death.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Brothers and sisters,
I consider everything as a loss
   because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things
   and I consider them so much rubbish,
   that I may gain Christ
   and be found in him,
   not having any righteousness of my own based on the law
   but that which comes through faith in Christ,
   the righteousness from God,
   depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection
   and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death,
   if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it
   or have already attained perfect maturity,
   but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it,
   since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, I for my part
   do not consider myself to have taken possession.
Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind
   but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal,
   the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Jl 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful.

GOSPEL
Jn 8:1-11

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
   and all the people started coming to him,
   and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
   who had been caught in adultery
   and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
   “Teacher, this woman was caught
   in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
   so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
   he straightened up and said to them,
   “Let the one among you who is without sin
   be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
   beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
   “Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

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.

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