Readings For Tuesday 17th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Jer 14:17-22

Remember, Lord, your covenant with us and break it not.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

Let my eyes stream with tears
   day and night, without rest,
Over the great destruction which overwhelms
   the virgin daughter of my people,
   over her incurable wound.
If I walk out into the field,
   look! those slain by the sword;
If I enter the city,
   look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest
   forage in a land they know not.

Have you cast Judah off completely?
   Is Zion loathsome to you?
Why have you struck us a blow
   that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail;
   for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness,
   the guilt of our fathers;
   that we have sinned against you.
For your name’s sake spurn us not,
   disgrace not the throne of your glory;
   remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain?
   Or can the mere heavens send showers?
Is it not you alone, O LORD,
   our God, to whom we look?
   You alone have done all these things.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

R. :

R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
   may your compassion quickly come to us,
   for we are brought very low.

R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Help us, O God our savior,
   because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
   for your name’s sake.

R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;
   with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
   will give thanks to you forever;
   through all generations we will declare your praise.

R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Year 2

First Reading
Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28

The LORD spoke to Moses face to face.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

The tent, which was called the meeting tent,
   Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.
Anyone who wished to consult the LORD
   would go to this meeting tent outside the camp.
Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all rise
   and stand at the entrance of their own tents,
   watching Moses until he entered the tent.
As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down
   and stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.
On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent,
   all the people would rise and worship
   at the entrance of their own tents.
The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face,
   as one man speaks to another.
Moses would then return to the camp,
   but his young assistant, Joshua, son of Nun,
   would not move out of the tent.

Moses stood there with the LORD and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
   “The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
   slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity,
   continuing his kindness for a thousand generations,
   and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin;
   yet not declaring the guilty guiltless,
   but punishing children and grandchildren
   to the third and fourth generation for their fathers’ wickedness!”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O LORD,
   do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people;
   yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
   and receive us as your own.”

So Moses stayed there with the LORD for forty days and forty nights,
   without eating any food or drinking any water,
   and he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant,
   the ten commandments.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13

R. :

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

The LORD secures justice
   and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
   and his deeds to the children of Israel.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
He will not always chide,
   nor does he keep his wrath forever.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful. 

Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
   nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

As far as the east is from the west,
   so far has he put our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
all who come to him will live for ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 13:36-43

Just as the weeds are collected now and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
   “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
   the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
   and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
   so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
   and they will collect out of his Kingdom
   all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
   in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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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