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Vol: 46, No.23 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) April 07 2019  
 
streams in dry land. Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. R/
They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing: they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves. R/
The Word of the Lord
SECOND READING
(Compared to gaining Christ Paul considers everything else in the world as mere rubbish. The favourite theme of Paul, the righteousness by faith, is dealt with briefly in this passage).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians (3:8-14)
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The Word of the Lord
ACCLAMATION
Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. (Ez 18:31)
 
GOSPEL
(Jesus does not bend to the pressure tactics of the Pharisees who want him to condemn the woman caught in adultery. Instead, he frees the woman from the clutches of her adversaries).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St John (8:1-11)
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you: go, and do not sin again.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/the Father almighty,/ Creator of heaven and earth,/ and in Jesus Christ,/his only Son,/our Lord,/who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,/born of the Virgin Mary,/ suffered under Pontius Pilate,/was crucified,/died and was buried;/he descended into hell;/on the third day he rose again from the dead;/he ascended into heaven,/and is seated at the right hand of God the
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