Readings For Saturday 17th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Jer 26:11-16, 24

For in truth it was the Lord who sent me to you to speak all these things for you to hear.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people,
   “This man deserves death;
   he has prophesied against this city,
   as you have heard with your own ears.”
Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people:
   “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city
   all that you have heard.
Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds;
   listen to the voice of the LORD your God,
   so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you.
As for me, I am in your hands;
   do with me what you think good and right.
But mark well: if you put me to death,
   it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves,
   on this city and its citizens.
For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you,
   to speak all these things for you to hear.”

Thereupon the princes and all the people
   said to the priests and the prophets,
   “This man does not deserve death;
   it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.”

So Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah,
   so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34

R. :

R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Rescue me out of the mire; may I not sink!
   may I be rescued from my foes,
   and from the watery depths.
Let not the flood-waters overwhelm me,
   nor the abyss swallow me up,
   nor the pit close its mouth over me.

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

But I am afflicted and in pain;
   let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
   and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
   you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
   and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Year 1

First Reading
Lv 25:1, 8-17

In the year of the jubilee you shall return, every one of you, to your own property.

A reading from the Book of Leviticus

The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
   “Seven weeks of years shall you count–seven times seven years—
   so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.
Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;
   on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echo
   throughout your land.
This fiftieth year you shall make sacred
   by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.
It shall be a jubilee for you,
   when every one of you shall return to his own property,
   every one to his own family estate.
In this fiftieth year, your year of jubilee,
   you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the aftergrowth
   or pick the grapes from the untrimmed vines.
Since this is the jubilee, which shall be sacred for you,
   you may not eat of its produce,
   except as taken directly from the field.

“In this year of jubilee, then,
   every one of you shall return to his own property.
Therefore, when you sell any land to your neighbor
   or buy any from him, do not deal unfairly.
On the basis of the number of years since the last jubilee
   shall you purchase the land from your neighbor;
   and so also, on the basis of the number of years for crops,
   shall he sell it to you.
When the years are many, the price shall be so much the more;
   when the years are few, the price shall be so much the less.
For it is really the number of crops that he sells you.
Do not deal unfairly, then; but stand in fear of your God.
I, the LORD, am your God.”

Responsorial Psalm
67:2-3, 5, 7-8

R. :

R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!

May God have pity on us and bless us;
   may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
   among all nations, your salvation.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

May the nations be glad and exult
   because you rule the peoples in equity;
   the nations on the earth you guide.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

The earth has yielded its fruits;
   God, our God, has blessed us.
May God bless us,
   and may all the ends of the earth fear him!

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 5:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 14:1-12

Herod had John beheaded; John’s disciples came and told Jesus.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
   and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
   that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
   on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
   for John had said to him,
   “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
   for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
   the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
   and delighted Herod so much
   that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
   “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed,
   but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
   he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
   who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
   and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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