Readings Friday Week 16 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Ex 20:1-17

The law was given through Moses.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

In those days:
God delivered all these commandments:
   “I, the LORD, am your God,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.
You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not carve idols for yourselves
    in the shape of anything in the sky above
   or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;
   you shall not bow down before them or worship them.
For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,
   inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness
   on the children of those who hate me,
   down to the third and fourth generation;
   but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation,
   on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
For the LORD will not leave unpunished
   him who takes his name in vain.

“Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Six days you may labor and do all your work,
   but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD, your God.
No work may be done then either by you, or your son or daughter,
   or your male or female slave, or your beast,
   or by the alien who lives with you.
In six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,
   the sea and all that is in them;
   but on the seventh day he rested.
That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother,
   that you may have a long life in the land
   which the LORD, your God, is giving you.

“You shall not kill.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
   nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass,
   nor anything else that belongs to him.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R. :

R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
   refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
   giving wisdom to the simple.

R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
   enlightening the eye.

R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
   enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
   all of them just.

R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

They are more precious than gold,
   than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
   or honey from the comb.

R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

Gospel Acclamation
See Lk 8:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are they who have keep the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 13:18-23

The one who hears the word and understanding it will bear much fruit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom
   without understanding it,
   and the Evil One comes and steals away
   what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
   is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
   he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
   but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
   and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
   is the one who hears the word and understands it,
   who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

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.


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