Readings Wednesday Week 17 Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Jer 15:10, 16-21

Why is my pain continuous?—If you repent, you shall stand in my presence.

A reading from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah

Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!
   a man of strife and contention to all the land!
I neither borrow nor lend,
   yet all curse me.
When I found your words, I devoured them;
   they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,
Because I bore your name,
   O LORD, God of hosts.
I did not sit celebrating
   in the circle of merrymakers;
Under the weight of your hand I sat alone
   because you filled me with indignation.
Why is my pain continuous,
   my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook,
   whose waters do not abide!
Thus the LORD answered me:
If you repent, so that I restore you,
   in my presence you shall stand;
If you bring forth the precious without the vile,
   you shall be my mouthpiece.
Then it shall be they who turn to you,
   and you shall not turn to them;
And I will make you toward this people
   a solid wall of brass.
Though they fight against you,
   they shall not prevail,
For I am with you,
   to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD.
I will free you from the hand of the wicked,
   and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18

R. :

R. (17d) God is my refuge on the day of distress.

Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;
   from my adversaries defend me.
Rescue me from evildoers;
   from bloodthirsty men save me.

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.

For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
   mighty men come together against me,
Not for any offense or sin of mine, O LORD.

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.

O my strength! for you I watch;
   for you, O God, are my stronghold,
As for my God, may his mercy go before me;
   may he show me the fall of my foes.

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.

But I will sing of your strength
   and revel at dawn in your mercy;
You have been my stronghold,
   my refuge in the day of distress.

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.

O my strength! your praise will I sing;
   for you, O God, are my stronghold,
   my merciful God!

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.


Year 2


First Reading
Ex 34:29-35

Seeing the face of Moses, they were afraid to come near him.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai
   with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
   he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant
   while he conversed with the LORD.
When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Moses
   and noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,
   they were afraid to come near him.
Only after Moses called to them did Aaron
   and all the rulers of the community come back to him.
Moses then spoke to them.
Later on, all the children of Israel came up to him,
   and he enjoined on them all that the LORD
   had told him on Mount Sinai.
When he finished speaking with them,
   he put a veil over his face.
Whenever Moses entered the presence of the LORD to converse with him,
   he removed the veil until he came out again.
On coming out, he would tell the children of Israel
   all that had been commanded.
Then the children of Israel would see
   that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant;
   so he would again put the veil over his face
   until he went in to converse with the LORD.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9

R. :

R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
   and worship at his footstool;
   holy is he!

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
   they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
   they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for holy is the LORD, our God.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 15:15b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 13:44-46

He sells all he has and buys that field.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
   which a person finds and hides again,
   and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
   searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

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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