Readings Thursday Week 17 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Ex 40:16-21, 34-38

The cloud covered the meeting tent and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
   the Dwelling was erected.
It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.
He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,
   and set up its columns.
He spread the tent over the Dwelling
   and put the covering on top of the tent,
   as the LORD had commanded him.
He took the commandments and put them in the ark;
   he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon it.
He brought the ark into the Dwelling and hung the curtain veil,
   thus screening off the ark of the commandments,
   as the LORD had commanded him.

Then the cloud covered the meeting tent,
   and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Moses could not enter the meeting tent,
   because the cloud settled down upon it
   and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling,
   the children of Israel would set out on their journey.
But if the cloud did not lift, they would not go forward;
   only when it lifted did they go forward.
In the daytime the cloud of the LORD was seen over the Dwelling;
   whereas at night, fire was seen in the cloud
   by the whole house of Israel
   in all the stages of their journey.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11

R. :

R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

My soul yearns and pines
   for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh
   cry out for the living God.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

Even the sparrow finds a home,
   and the swallow a nest
   in which she puts her young–
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
   my king and my God!

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

Blessed they who dwell in your house!
   continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

I had rather one day in your courts
   than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
   than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!


Gospel Acclamation
See Acts 16:14a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 13:47-53

They put what is good into baskets, what is bad they threw away.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
   which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
   and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
   and throw them into the fiery furnace,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
   “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
   is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
   both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

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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