Readings For Saturday 11th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
2 Chr 24:17-25

They murdered Zechariah between the sanctuary and the altar (Matthew 23:35).

A reading from the second Book of Chronicles

After the death of Jehoiada,
   the princes of Judah came and paid homage to King Joash,
   and the king then listened to them.
They forsook the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers,
   and began to serve the sacred poles and the idols;
   and because of this crime of theirs,
   wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Although prophets were sent to them to convert them to the LORD,
   the people would not listen to their warnings.
Then the Spirit of God possessed Zechariah,
   son of Jehoiada the priest.
He took his stand above the people and said to them:
   “God says, ‘Why are you transgressing the LORD’s commands,
   so that you cannot prosper?
Because you have abandoned the LORD, he has abandoned you.’”
But they conspired against him,
   and at the king’s order they stoned him to death
   in the court of the LORD’s temple.
Thus King Joash was unmindful of the devotion shown him
   by Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, and slew his son.
And as Zechariah was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge.”
At the turn of the year a force of Arameans came up against Joash.
They invaded Judah and Jerusalem,
   did away with all the princes of the people,
   and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
Though the Aramean force came with few men,
   the Lord surrendered a very large force into their power,
   because Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers.
So punishment was meted out to Joash.

After the Arameans had departed from him,
   leaving him in grievous suffering,
   his servants conspired against him
   because of the murder of the son of Jehoiada the priest.
He was buried in the City of David,
   but not in the tombs of the kings.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34

R. :

℟. (29a) For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
   and establish your throne for all generations.”

℟. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
   and my covenant with him stands firm.
I will make his posterity endure forever
   and his throne as the days of heaven.”

℟. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“If his sons forsake my law
   and walk not according to my ordinance,
If the violate my statues
   and keep not my commands.”

℟. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

“I will punish their crime with a rod
   and their guilt with stripes
Yet my mercy I will not take from him,
   nor will I belie my faithfulness.”

℟. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

Year 1

First Reading
2 Cor 12:1-10

I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses.

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

Brothers and sisters:
I must boast; not that it is profitable,
   but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.
I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago
   (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows),
   was caught up to the third heaven.
And I know that this man
   (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows)
   was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things,
   which no one may utter.
About this man I will boast,
   but about myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses.
Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish,
   for I would be telling the truth.
But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me
   than what he sees in me or hears from me
   because of the abundance of the revelations.
Therefore, that I might not become too elated,
   a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
   to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me,
   but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
   for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,
   in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
   hardships, persecutions, and constraints,
   for the sake of Christ;
   for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

R. :

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

The angel of the LORD encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
   blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
   for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
   but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Come, children, hear me;
   I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
   and takes delight in prosperous days?

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
2 Cor 8:9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 6:24-34

Do not worry about tomorrow.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
   or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
   what you will eat or drink,
   or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
   they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
   yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
   was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
   which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
   will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
   or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
   and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

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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