Readings for Monday 11th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
2 Cor 6:1-10

In everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God.

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

Brothers and sisters:
As your fellow workers, we appeal to you
   not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

   In an acceptable time I heard you,
      and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
   behold, now is the day of salvation.
We cause no one to stumble in anything,
   in order that no fault may be found with our ministry;
   on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves
   as ministers of God, through much endurance,
   in afflictions, hardships, constraints,
   beatings, imprisonments, riots,
   labors, vigils, fasts;
   by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,
   in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
   in the power of God;
   with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left;
   through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.
We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;
   as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;
   as dying and behold we live;
   as chastised and yet not put to death;
   as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;
   as poor yet enriching many;
   as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4

R. :

R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
   for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
   his holy arm.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

In the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
   toward the house of Israel.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

All the ends of the earth have seen
   the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
   break into song; sing praise.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Kgs 21:1-16

Naboth has been stoned to death.

A reading from the first Book of Kings

Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel
   next to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.
Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,
   since it is close by, next to my house.
I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,
   if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”
Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbid
   that I should give you my ancestral heritage.”
Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answer
   Naboth the Jezreelite had made to him:
   “I will not give you my ancestral heritage.”
Lying down on his bed, he turned away from food and would not eat.
His wife Jezebel came to him and said to him,
   “Why are you so angry that you will not eat?”
He answered her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite
   and said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard, or,
   if you prefer, I will give you a vineyard in exchange.’
But he refused to let me have his vineyard.”
His wife Jezebel said to him,
   “A fine ruler over Israel you are indeed!
Get up
Eat and be cheerful.
I will obtain the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite for you.”
So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and,
   having sealed them with his seal,
   sent them to the elders and to the nobles
   who lived in the same city with Naboth.
This is what she wrote in the letters:
   “Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.
Next, get two scoundrels to face him
   and accuse him of having cursed God and king.
Then take him out and stone him to death.”
His fellow citizens—the elders and nobles who dwelt in his city—
   did as Jezebel had ordered them in writing,
   through the letters she had sent them.
They proclaimed a fast and placed Naboth at the head of the people.
Two scoundrels came in and confronted him with the accusation,
   “Naboth has cursed God and king.”
And they led him out of the city and stoned him to death.
Then they sent the information to Jezebel
   that Naboth had been stoned to death.
When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned to death,
   she said to Ahab,
   “Go on, take possession of the vineyard
   of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you,
   because Naboth is not alive, but dead.”
On hearing that Naboth was dead, Ahab started off on his way
   down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
   to take possession of it.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7

R. :

R. (2b) Lord, listen to my groaning.

Hearken to my words, O LORD,
   attend to my sighing.
Heed my call for help,
   my king and my God!

R. Lord, listen to my groaning.

At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
   For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
   the arrogant may not stand in your sight.

R. Lord, listen to my groaning.

You hate all evildoers.
   You destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
   the LORD abhors.

R. Lord, listen to my groaning.

Gospel Acclamation
Ps 119:105

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

A lamp to my feet is your word
a light to my path.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 5:38-42

But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
   An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
   turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
   hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
   go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
   and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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