Readings (4th Sunday Lent)


First Reading
Jos 5:9a, 10-12

The people of God entered the promised land and there kept the Passover.


A reading from the Book of Joshua

The LORD said to Joshua,
   “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.”

While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho,
   they celebrated the Passover
   on the evening of the fourteenth of the month.
On the day after the Passover,
   they ate of the produce of the land
   in the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain.
On that same day after the Passover,
   on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased.
No longer was there manna for the Israelites,
   who that year ate of the yield of the land of Canaan.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
   the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
   let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
   and delivered me from all my fears.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
   and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.


Second Reading
2 Cor 5:17-21

God reconciled us to himself through Christ.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
   the old things have passed away;
   behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,
   who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
   and given us the ministry of reconciliation,
   namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
   not counting their trespasses against them
   and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
   as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
   be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
   so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.


Gospel Acclamation
Lk 15:18

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


Gospel
Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

Your brother was dead and has come to life again.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

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.’”

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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