Readings (Monday Week 4 Lent)

First Reading
Is 65:17-21

No longer shall the sound of weeping or the sound of crying be heard.

The Optional Readings for the Fourth Week of Lent may be found on Saturday of this week.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD:
Lo, I am about to create new heavens
   and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered
   or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
   in what I create;
For I create Jerusalem to be a joy
   and its people to be a delight;
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
   and exult in my people.
No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,
   or the sound of crying;
No longer shall there be in it
   an infant who lives but a few days,
   or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime;
He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years,
   and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.
They shall live in the houses they build,
   and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b

R. :

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
   and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world;
   you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.

R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
   a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
   but with the dawn, rejoicing.

R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

“Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
   O LORD, be my helper.”
You changed my mourning into dancing;
   O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.

R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.


Gospel Acclamation
Amos 5:14

Seek good and not evil so that you may live,
and the LORD will be with you.


Gospel
Jn 4:43-54

Go, your son will live.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
For Jesus himself testified
   that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
   since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
   for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
   where he had made the water wine.
Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
   he went to him and asked him to come down
   and heal his son, who was near death.
Jesus said to him,
   “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
The royal official said to him,
   “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.”
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back,
   his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
He asked them when he began to recover.
They told him,
   “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.”
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
   “Your son will live,”
   and he and his whole household came to believe.
Now this was the second sign Jesus did
   when he came to Galilee from Judea.

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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