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Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 235

Reading 1 MI 7:14-15, 18-20

Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
show us wonderful signs.

Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
from days of old.
Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Verse Before The Gospel LK 15:18

I will get up and go to my father and shall say to him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

Gospel LK 15:1-3, 11-32

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So to them Jesus addressed this parable.
"A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
'Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.'
So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
'How many of my father's hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."'
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.'
But his father ordered his servants,
'Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.'
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
'Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.'
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
'Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.'
He said to him,
'My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.'"

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Sábado de la II semana de Cuaresma
Leccionario: 235

Primera lectura
Mi 7, 14-15. 18-20

Señor, Dios nuestro, pastorea a tu pueblo con tu cayado,
al rebaño de tu heredad,
que vive solitario entre malezas
y matorrales silvestres.
Pastarán en Basán y en Galaad,
como en los días de antaño,
como cuando salimos de Egipto
y nos mostrabas tus prodigios.

¿Qué Dios hay como tú, que quitas la iniquidad
y pasas por alto la rebeldía de los sobrevivientes de Israel?
No mantendrás por siempre tu cólera,
pues te complaces en ser misericordioso.

Volverás a compadecerte de nosotros,
aplastarás con tus pies nuestras iniquidades,
arrojarás a lo hondo del mar nuestros delitos.
Serás fiel con Jacob y compasivo con Abraham,
como juraste a nuestros padres en tiempos remotos,
Señor, Dios nuestro.

Salmo Responsorial
Salmo 102, 1-2. 3-4. 9-10. 11-12

R. (8a) El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.
Bendice al Señor, alma mía,
que todo mi ser bendiga su santo nombre.
Bendice al Señor, alma mía,
y no te olvides de sus beneficios.
R. El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.
El Señor perdona tus pecados
y cura tus enfermedades;
él rescata tu vida del sepulcro
y te colma de amor y de ternura.
R. El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.
El Señor no estará siempre enojado,
ni durará para siempre su rencor.
No nos trata como merecen nuestras culpas,
ni nos paga según nuestros pecados.
R. El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.
Como desde la tierra hasta el cielo,
así es de grande su misericordia;
como dista el oriente del ocaso,
así aleja de nosotros nuestros delitos.
R. El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio
Lc 15, 18
R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.
Me levantaré, volveré a mi padre y le diré:
"Padre, he pecado contra el cielo y contra ti."
R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.

Evangelio
Lc 15, 1-3. 11-32

En aquel tiempo, se acercaban a Jesús los publicanos y los pecadores para escucharlo. Por lo cual los fariseos y los escribas murmuraban entre sí: "Éste recibe a los pecadores y come con ellos".

Jesús les dijo entonces esta parábola: "Un hombre tenía dos hijos, y el menor de ellos le dijo a su padre: 'Padre, dame la parte de la herencia que me toca'. Y él les repartió los bienes.

No muchos días después, el hijo menor, juntando todo lo suyo, se fue a un país lejano y allá derrochó su fortuna, viviendo de una manera disoluta. Después de malgastarlo todo, sobrevino en aquella región una gran hambre y él empezó a padecer necesidad. Entonces fue a pedirle trabajo a un habitante de aquel país, el cual lo mandó a sus campos a cuidar cerdos. Tenía ganas de hartarse con las bellotas que comían los cerdos, pero no lo dejaban que se las comiera.

Se puso entonces a reflexionar y se dijo: '¡Cuántos trabajadores en casa de mi padre tienen pan de sobra, y yo, aquí, me estoy muriendo de hambre! Me levantaré, volveré a mi padre y le diré: Padre, he pecado contra el cielo y contra ti; ya no merezco llamarme hijo tuyo. Recíbeme como a uno de tus trabajadores'.

Enseguida se puso en camino hacia la casa de su padre. Estaba todavía lejos, cuando su padre lo vio y se enterneció profundamente. Corrió hacia él, y echándole los brazos al cuello, lo cubrió de besos. El muchacho le dijo: 'Padre, he pecado contra el cielo y contra ti; ya no merezco llamarme hijo tuyo'.

Pero el padre les dijo a sus criados: '¡Pronto!, traigan la túnica más rica y vístansela; pónganle un anillo en el dedo y sandalias en los pies; traigan el becerro gordo y mátenlo. Comamos y hagamos una fiesta, porque este hijo mío estaba muerto y ha vuelto a la vida, estaba perdido y lo hemos encontrado'. Y empezó el banquete.

El hijo mayor estaba en el campo y al volver, cuando se acercó a la casa, oyó la música y los cantos. Entonces llamó a uno de los criados y le preguntó qué pasaba. Éste le contestó: 'Tu hermano ha regresado y tu padre mandó matar el becerro gordo, por haberlo recobrado sano y salvo'. El hermano mayor se enojó y no quería entrar.

Salió entonces el padre y le rogó que entrara; pero él replicó: '¡Hace tanto tiempo que te sirvo, sin desobedecer jamás una orden tuya, y tú no me has dado nunca ni un cabrito para comérmelo con mis amigos! Pero eso sí, viene ese hijo tuyo, que despilfarró tus bienes con malas mujeres, y tú mandas matar el becerro gordo'.

El padre repuso: 'Hijo, tú siempre estás conmigo y todo lo mío es tuyo. Pero era necesario hacer fiesta y regocijarnos, porque este hermano tuyo estaba muerto y ha vuelto a la vida, estaba perdido y lo hemos encontrado' ".

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