Readings For Tuesday 13th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Am 3:1-8, 11-12

The Lord GOD speaks—who will not prophesy?

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos

Hear this word, O men of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,
   over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

You alone have I favored,
   more than all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you
   for all your crimes.

Do two walk together
   unless they have agreed?
Does a lion roar in the forest
   when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den
   unless it has seized something?
Is a bird brought to earth by a snare
   when there is no lure for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground
   without catching anything?
If the trumpet sounds in a city,
   will the people not be frightened?
If evil befalls a city,
   has not the LORD caused it?
Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing
   without revealing his plan
   to his servants, the prophets.

The lion roars−
   who will not be afraid!
The Lord GOD speaks−
   who will not prophesy!

I brought upon you such upheaval
   as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
   you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
Yet you returned not to me,
   says the LORD.

So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
   and since I will deal thus with you,
   prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 5:4b-6a, 6b-7, 8

R. :

R. (9a) Lead me in your justice, Lord.

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. Lead me in your justice, Lord.

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

R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.

But I, because of your abundant mercy,
   will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
   in fear of you, O LORD.

R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 19:15-29

The LORD God rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, “On your way!
Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here,
   or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom.”
When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy,
   seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters
   and led them to safety outside the city.
As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told:
   “Flee for your life!
Don’t look back or stop anywhere on the Plain.
Get off to the hills at once, or you will be swept away.”
   “Oh, no, my lord!” Lot replied,
“You have already thought enough of your servant
   to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life.
But I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me,
   and so I shall die.
Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to.
It’s only a small place.
Let me flee there—it’s a small place, is it not?—
   that my life may be saved.”
“Well, then,” he replied,
   “I will also grant you the favor you now ask.
I will not overthrow the town you speak of.
Hurry, escape there!
I cannot do anything until you arrive there.”
That is why the town is called Zoar.

The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar;
   at the same time the LORD rained down sulphurous fire
   upon Sodom and Gomorrah
   from the LORD out of heaven.
He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain,
   together with the inhabitants of the cities
   and the produce of the soil.
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Early the next morning Abraham went to the place
   where he had stood in the LORD’s presence.
As he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah
   and the whole region of the Plain,
   he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a furnace.

Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain,
   he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval
   by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12

R. :

R. (3a) O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Search me, O LORD, and try me;
   test my soul and my heart.
For your mercy is before my eyes,
   and I walk in your truth.

R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Gather not my soul with those of sinners,
   nor with men of blood my life.
On their hands are crimes,
   and their right hands are full of bribes.

R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

But I walk in integrity;
   redeem me, and have mercy on me.
My foot stands on level ground;
   in the assemblies I will bless the LORD.

R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Gospel Acclamation
Ps 130:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I trust in the LORD;
my soul trust in his word.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 8:23-27

Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
   so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
   but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
   “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
   and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
   whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

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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