Readings For Tuesday 12th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36

I will shield and save this city for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.

A reading from the second Book of Kings

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah
   with this message:
   “Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
   ‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you
   by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over
   to the king of Assyria.
You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done
   to all other countries: they doomed them!
Will you, then, be saved?’”
Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;
   then he went up to the temple of the LORD,
   and spreading it out before him,
   he prayed in the LORD’s presence:
   “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim!
You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.
You have made the heavens and the earth.
Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen!
Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations
   and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire;
   they destroyed them because they were not gods,
   but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
   that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
   that you alone, O LORD, are God.”
Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
   “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
   in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria:
I have listened!

This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him:
   “‘She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
      the virgin daughter Zion!
   Behind you she wags her head,
      daughter Jerusalem.
   “‘For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
      and from Mount Zion, survivors.
      The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.’
“Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
   ‘He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it,
   nor come before it with a shield,
   nor cast up siege-works against it.
He shall return by the same way he came,
   without entering the city, says the LORD.
I will shield and save this city for my own sake,
   and for the sake of my servant David.’”
That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down
   one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp,
   and went back home to Nineveh.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 10-11

R. :

R. (9d) God upholds his city for ever.

Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
   in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
   is the joy of all the earth.

R. God upholds his city for ever.

Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
   is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
   renowned is he as a stronghold.

R. God upholds his city for ever.

O God, we ponder your mercy
   within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
   reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.

R. God upholds his city for ever.

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 13:2, 5-18

Let there be no strife between you and me, for we are brothers.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.

Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
   so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;
their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock
   and those of Lot’s.
(At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites
   were occupying the land.)

So Abram said to Lot:
   “Let there be no strife between you and me,
   or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen.
Is not the whole land at your disposal?
Please separate from me.
If you prefer the left, I will go to the right;
   if you prefer the right, I will go to the left.”
Lot looked about and saw how well watered
   the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar,
   like the LORD’s own garden, or like Egypt.
(This was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain
   and set out eastward.
Thus they separated from each other;
   Abram stayed in the land of Canaan,
   while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain,
   pitching his tents near Sodom.
Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked
   in the sins they committed against the LORD.

After Lot had left, the LORD said to Abram:
   “Look about you, and from where you are,
   gaze to the north and south, east and west;
   all the land that you see I will give to you
   and your descendants forever.
I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth;
   if anyone could count the dust of the earth,
   your descendants too might be counted.
Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth,
   for to you I will give it.”
Abram moved his tents and went on to settle
   near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron.
There he built an altar to the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5

R. :

R. (1b) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
   who thinks the truth in his heart
   and slanders not with his tongue.

R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who harms not his fellow man,
   nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
   while he honors those who fear the LORD.

R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury
   and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
   shall never be disturbed.

R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 7:6, 12-14

Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
   lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
   for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
   and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

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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