Readings for Friday 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Hos 14:2-10

We shall say no more “Our god” to the work of our hands.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea

Thus says the LORD:
Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;
   you have collapsed through your guilt.
Take with you words,
   and return to the LORD;
Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity,
   and receive what is good, that we may render
   as offerings the bullocks from our stalls.
Assyria will not save us,
   nor shall we have horses to mount;
We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’
   to the work of our hands;
   for in you the orphan finds compassion.”
I will heal their defection, says the LORD,
   I will love them freely;
   for my wrath is turned away from them.
I will be like the dew for Israel:
   he shall blossom like the lily;
He shall strike root like the Lebanon cedar,
   and put forth his shoots.
His splendor shall be like the olive tree
   and his fragrance like the Lebanon cedar.
Again they shall dwell in his shade
   and raise grain;
They shall blossom like the vine,
   and his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

Ephraim! What more has he to do with idols?
   I have humbled him, but I will prosper him.
“I am like a verdant cypress tree”—
   because of me you bear fruit!

Let him who is wise understand these things;
   let him who is prudent know them.
Straight are the paths of the LORD,
   in them the just walk,
   but sinners stumble in them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 and 17

R. :

R. (17b) My mouth will declare your praise.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
   in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
   and of my sin cleanse me.

R. My mouth will declare your praise.

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
   and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

R. My mouth will declare your praise.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
   and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
   and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. My mouth will declare your praise.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
   and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R. My mouth will declare your praise.

Year 1

Reading 1 

GN 46:1-7, 28-30

Israel set out with all that was his.
When he arrived at Beer-sheba,
he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called,
“Jacob! Jacob!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
Then he said: “I am God, the God of your father.
Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt,
for there I will make you a great nation.
Not only will I go down to Egypt with you;
I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes.” 

So Jacob departed from Beer-sheba,
and the sons of Israel
put their father and their wives and children
on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his transport.
They took with them their livestock
and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan.
Thus Jacob and all his descendants migrated to Egypt.
His sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughtersB
all his descendants—he took with him to Egypt.

Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph,
so that he might meet him in Goshen.
On his arrival in the region of Goshen,
Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot
and rode to meet his father Israel in Goshen.
As soon as Joseph saw him, he flung himself on his neck
and wept a long time in his arms.
And Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die,
now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

R.(39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty. 
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones. 
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 16:13a, 14:26d

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you to all truth,
and remind you of all I told you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 10:16-23

For it will not be you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
   so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
   for they will hand you over to courts
   and scourge you in their synagogues,
   and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
   as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
   do not worry about how you are to speak
   or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
   but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
   and the father his child;
   children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
   but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
   before the Son of Man comes.”

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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