Readings

Readings

Proper readings

First Reading
Sir 44:1, 10-15

Their name lives on and on.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Now will I praise those godly men,
   our ancestors, each in his own time:
These were godly men
   whose virtues have not been forgotten;
Their wealth remains in their families,
   their heritage with their descendants;
Through God’s covenant with them their family endures,
   their posterity for their sake.

And for all time their progeny will endure,
   their glory will never be blotted out;
Their bodies are peacefully laid away,
   but their name lives on and on.
At gatherings their wisdom is retold,
   and the assembly proclaims their praise.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 132:11, 13-14, 17-18

R. :

R. (Luke 1:32) God will give him the throne of David, his father.

The LORD swore to David
   a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
   I will set upon your throne.”

R. God will give him the throne of David, his father.

For the LORD has chosen Zion;
   he prefers her for his dwelling.
“Zion is my resting place forever;
   in her will I dwell, for I prefer her.”

R. God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David;
   I will place a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
   but upon him my crown shall shine.”

R. God will give him the throne of David, his father.


Acclamation before the Gospel
See Luke 2:25c

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

They yearned for the comforting of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested upon them.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 13:16-17

Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Blessed are your eyes, because they see,
   and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
   longed to see what you see but did not see it,
   and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

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.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Weekday readings

First Reading
Ex 32:15-24, 30-34

This people has indeed committed a grave sin, in making a god of gold for themselves.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Moses turned and came down the mountain
   with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
   tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;
   tablets that were made by God,
   having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.
Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,
   he said to Moses, “That sounds like a battle in the camp.”
But Moses answered, “It does not sound like cries of victory,
   nor does it sound like cries of defeat;
   the sounds that I hear are cries of revelry.”
As he drew near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing.
With that, Moses’ wrath flared up, so that he threw the tablets down
   and broke them on the base of the mountain.
Taking the calf they had made, he fused it in the fire
   and then ground it down to powder,
   which he scattered on the water and made the children of Israel drink.

Moses asked Aaron, “What did this people ever do to you
   that you should lead them into so grave a sin?”
Aaron replied, “Let not my lord be angry.
You know well enough how prone the people are to evil.
They said to me, ‘Make us a god to be our leader;
   as for the man Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt,
   we do not know what has happened to him.’
So I told them, ‘Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.’
They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”

On the next day Moses said to the people,
   “You have committed a grave sin.
I will go up to the LORD, then;
   perhaps I may be able to make atonement for your sin.”
So Moses went back to the LORD and said,
   “Ah, this people has indeed committed a grave sin
   in making a god of gold for themselves!
If you would only forgive their sin!
If you will not, then strike me out of the book that you have written.”
The LORD answered, “Him only who has sinned against me will I strike out of my book.
Now, go and lead the people to the place I have told you.
My angel will go before you.
When it is time for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

R. :

R. (1a) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
   and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
   for the image of a grass-eating bullock.

R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

They forgot the God who had saved them,
   who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
   terrible things at the Red Sea.

R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Then he spoke of exterminating them,
   but Moses, his chosen one,
Withstood him in the breach
   to turn back his destructive wrath.

R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.


Acclamation before the Gospel
Jm 1:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 13:31-35

The mustard seed becomes a large bush and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
   that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
   yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
   and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

He spoke to them another parable.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
   that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
   until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
   to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

      I will open my mouth in parables,
         I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.


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.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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