Readings For Wednesday 14th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

It is time to seek the LORD.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea

Israel is a luxuriant vine
   whose fruit matches its growth.
The more abundant his fruit,
   the more altars he built;
The more productive his land,
   the more sacred pillars he set up.
Their heart is false,
   now they pay for their guilt;
God shall break down their altars
   and destroy their sacred pillars.
If they would say,
   “We have no king”—
Since they do not fear the LORD,
   what can the king do for them?

The king of Samaria shall disappear,
   like foam upon the waters.
The high places of Aven shall be destroyed,
   the sin of Israel;
   thorns and thistles shall overgrow their altars.
Then they shall cry out to the mountains, “Cover us!”
   and to the hills, “Fall upon us!”

“Sow for yourselves justice,
   reap the fruit of piety;
break up for yourselves a new field,
   for it is time to seek the LORD,
   till he come and rain down justice upon you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

R. (4b) Seek always the face of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Sing to him, sing his praise,
   proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
   rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!

R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Look to the LORD in his strength;
   seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
   his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.

R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
   sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
   throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a

Alas, we are being punished because of our brother.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt
   and the people cried to Pharaoh for bread,
   Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians to go to Joseph
   and do whatever he told them.
When the famine had spread throughout the land,
   Joseph opened all the cities that had grain
   and rationed it to the Egyptians,
   since the famine had gripped the land of Egypt.
In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain,
   for famine had gripped the whole world.

The sons of Israel were among those
   who came to procure rations.

It was Joseph, as governor of the country,
   who dispensed the rations to all the people.
When Joseph’s brothers came and knelt down before him
   with their faces to the ground,
   he recognized them as soon as he saw them.
But Joseph concealed his own identity from them
   and spoke sternly to them.

With that, he locked them up in the guardhouse for three days.

On the third day Joseph said to his brothers:
   “Do this, and you shall live; for I am a God-fearing man.
If you have been honest,
   only one of your brothers need be confined in this prison,
   while the rest of you may go
   and take home provisions for your starving families.
But you must come back to me with your youngest brother.
Your words will thus be verified, and you will not die.”
To this they agreed.
To one another, however, they said:
   “Alas, we are being punished because of our brother.
We saw the anguish of his heart when he pleaded with us,
   yet we paid no heed;
   that is why this anguish has now come upon us.”
Reuben broke in,
   “Did I not tell you not to do wrong to the boy?
But you would not listen!
Now comes the reckoning for his blood.”
The brothers did not know, of course,
   that Joseph understood what they said,
   since he spoke with them through an interpreter.
But turning away from them, he wept.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19

R. :

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
   with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
   pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
   he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
   the design of his heart, through all generations.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
   upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
   and preserve them in spite of famine.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Gospel Acclamation
Mk 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 10:1-7

Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
   and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
   and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
   first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
   James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
   Philip and Bartholomew,
   Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
   James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
   Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
   who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
   “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

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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