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READINGS FOR SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 (Mary Magdalene)

First Reading: Ruth 1:6-18

6[Naomi] started to return with her daughters-in-law [Orpah and Ruth] from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food.7So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. 8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. 10They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” 14Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
  15So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16But Ruth said,
 “Do not press me to leave you
  or to turn back from following you!
 Where you go, I will go;
  where you lodge, I will lodge;
 your people shall be my people,
  and your God my God.
 17Where you die, I will die—
  there will I be buried.
 May the Lord do thus and so to me,
  and more as well,
 if even death parts me from you!”
18When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

Psalm: Psalm 73:23-28

 23Yet I am al- | ways with you;
  you hold me by | my right hand.
 24You will guide me | by your counsel,
  and afterwards receive | me with glory.
 25Whom have I in heav- | en but you?
  And having you, I desire nothing | upon earth.
 26Though my flesh and my heart should | waste away,
  God is the strength of my heart and my por- | tion forever. R
 27Truly, those who forsake | you will perish;
  you destroy all who | are unfaithful.
 28But it is good for me to | be near God;
  I have made you my refuge, Lord God, to tell of | all your works. R

Second Reading: Acts 13:26-33a

26“My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. 27Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. 28Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. 29When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30But God raised him from the dead; 31and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. 32And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors 33ahe has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus.”

Gospel: John 20:1-2, 11-18

1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

  11Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

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