Readings for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

First Reading
Gn 18:20-32

Let not my Lord grow angry if I speak.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

In those days, the LORD said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,
   and their sin so grave,
   that I must go down and see whether or not their actions
   fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me.
I mean to find out.”

While Abraham’s visitors walked on farther toward Sodom,
   the LORD remained standing before Abraham.
Then Abraham drew nearer and said:
   “Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?
Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;
   would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it
   for the sake of the fifty innocent people within it?
Far be it from you to do such a thing,
   to make the innocent die with the guilty
   so that the innocent and the guilty would be treated alike!
Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?”
The LORD replied,
   “If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom,
   I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Abraham spoke up again:
   “See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord,
   though I am but dust and ashes!
What if there are five less than fifty innocent people?
Will you destroy the whole city because of those five?”
He answered, “I will not destroy it, if I find forty-five there.”
But Abraham persisted, saying “What if only forty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it for the sake of the forty.”
Then Abraham said, “Let not my Lord grow impatient if I go on.
What if only thirty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it if I can find but thirty there.”
Still Abraham went on,
   “Since I have thus dared to speak to my Lord,
   what if there are no more than twenty?”
The LORD answered, “I will not destroy it, for the sake of the twenty.”
But he still persisted:
   “Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time.
What if there are at least ten there?”
He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8

R. :

R. (3a) Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
   for you have heard the words of my mouth;
   in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name.

R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Because of your kindness and your truth;
   for you have made great above all things
   your name and your promise.
When I called you answered me;
   you built up strength within me.

R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
   and the proud he knows from afar.
Though I walk amid distress, you preserve me;
   against the anger of my enemies you raise your hand.

R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Your right hand saves me.
   The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
   forsake not the work of your hands.

R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Second Reading
Col 2:12-14

God has brought you to life along with Christ, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
You were buried with him in baptism,
   in which you were also raised with him
   through faith in the power of God,
   who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead
   in transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
   he brought you to life along with him,
   having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
   which was opposed to us,
   he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross.

Gospel Acclamation
Rom 8:15bc

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You have reaceived a Spirit of adoption,
through which we cry, Abba, Father.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 11:1-13

Ask and you will receive.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
   one of his disciples said to him,
   “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
   Father, hallowed be your name,
      your kingdom come.
      Give us each day our daily bread
      and forgive us our sins
      for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
      and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
   to whom he goes at midnight and says,
   ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
   for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
   and I have nothing to offer him,’
   and he says in reply from within,
   ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
   and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
   if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
   because of their friendship,
   he will get up to give him whatever he needs
   because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
   seek and you will find;
   knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
   and the one who seeks, finds;
   and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
   when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
   know how to give good gifts to your children,
   how much more will the Father in heaven
   give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

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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