Readings For Thursday 11th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Sir 48:1-14

Elijah was enveloped in a whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with the twofold portion of his spirit.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
   whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
   in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
   and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
   Whose glory is equal to yours?
You brought a dead man back to life
   from the nether world, by the will of the LORD.
You sent kings down to destruction,
   and easily broke their power into pieces.
You brought down nobles, from their beds of sickness.
You heard threats at Sinai,
   at Horeb avenging judgments.
You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance,
   and a prophet as your successor.
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
   in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
   to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
   and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
And who falls asleep in your friendship.
For we live only in our life,
   but after death our name will not be such.
   O Elijah, enveloped in the whirlwind!
Then Elisha, filled with the twofold portion of his spirit,
   wrought many marvels by his mere word.
During his lifetime he feared no one,
   nor was any man able to intimidate his will.
Nothing was beyond his power;
   beneath him flesh was brought back into life.
In life he performed wonders,
   and after death, marvelous deeds.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7

R. :

R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
   let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
   justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Fire goes before him
   and consumes his foes round about.
His lightnings illumine the world;
   the earth sees and trembles.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
   before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
   and all peoples see his glory.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

All who worship graven things are put to shame,
   who glory in the things of nought;
   all gods are prostrate before him.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Year 2

First Reading
2 Cor 11:1-11

I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge.

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

Brothers and sisters:
If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me!
Please put up with me.
For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God,
   since I betrothed you to one husband
   to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,
   your thoughts may be corrupted
   from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ.
For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached,
   or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received
   or a different gospel from the one you accepted,
   you put up with it well enough.
For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.”
Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge;
   in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted,
   because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge?
I plundered other churches by accepting from them
   in order to minister to you.
And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone,
   for the brothers who came from Macedonia
   supplied my needs.
So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
By the truth of Christ in me,
   this boast of mine shall not be silenced
   in the regions of Achaia.
And why? Because I do not love you?
God knows I do!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 136:1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15 

R. :

R. (7a) Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
   in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
   exquisite in all their delights.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
R. Alleluia.

Majesty and glory are his work,
   and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
   gracious and merciful is the LORD.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
R. Alleluia.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
   sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
   wrought in truth and equity.

R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel Acclamation
Rom 8:15bc

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 6:7-15 

This is how you are to pray.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
   who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
   Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

   ‘Our Father who art in heaven,
      hallowed be thy name,
      thy Kingdom come,
   thy will be done,
      on earth as it is in heaven.
   Give us this day our daily bread;
      and forgive us our trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us;
      and lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.’
“If you forgive others their transgressions,
   your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
   neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

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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