Readings For Friday 18th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7

Woe to the city of blood!

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Nahum

See, upon the mountains there advances
   the bearer of good news,
   announcing peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,
   fulfill your vows!
For nevermore shall you be invaded
   by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed.
The LORD will restore the vine of Jacob,
   the pride of Israel,
Though ravagers have ravaged them
   and ruined the tendrils.

Woe to the bloody city, all lies,
   full of plunder, whose looting never stops!
The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels;
   horses a-gallop, chariots bounding,
Cavalry charging, the flame of the sword, the flash of the spear,
   the many slain, the heaping corpses,
   the endless bodies to stumble upon!
I will cast filth upon you,
   disgrace you and put you to shame;
Till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying,
   “Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her?
   Where can one find any to console her?”

Responsorial Psalm
Dt 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41

R. :

R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life.

Close at hand is the day of their disaster
   and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
   on his servants he shall have pity.

R. It is I who deal death and give life.

“Learn then that I, I alone, am God,
   and there is no god besides me.
It is I who bring both death and life,
   I who inflict wounds and heal them.”

R. It is I who deal death and give life.

I will sharpen my flashing sword,
   and my hand shall lay hold of my quiver.
“With vengeance I will repay my foes
   and requite those who hate me.”

R. It is I who deal death and give life.

Year 2

First Reading
Dt 4:32-40

For love of your fathers the LORD chose their descendants.

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy

Moses said to the people:
“Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
   ever since God created man upon the earth;
   ask from one end of the sky to the other:
   Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?
Did a people ever hear the voice of God
   speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?
Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself
   from the midst of another nation,
   by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
   with his strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
   all of which the LORD, your God,
   did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
All this you were allowed to see
   that you might know the LORD is God and there is no other.
Out of the heavens he let you hear his voice to discipline you;
   on earth he let you see his great fire,
   and you heard him speaking out of the fire.
For love of your fathers he chose their descendants
   and personally led you out of Egypt by his great power,
   driving out of your way nations greater and mightier than you,
   so as to bring you in
   and to make their land your heritage, as it is today.
This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart,
   that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below,
   and that there is no other.
You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today,
   that you and your children after you may prosper,
   and that you may have long life on the land
   which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21

R. :

R. (12a) I remember the deeds of the Lord.

I remember the deeds of the LORD;
   yes, I remember your wonders of old.
And I meditate on your works;
   your exploits I ponder.

R. I remember the deeds of the Lord.

O God, your way is holy;
   what great god is there like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
   among the peoples you have made known your power.

R. I remember the deeds of the Lord.

With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
   the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
You led your people like a flock
   under the care of Moses and Aaron.

R. I remember the deeds of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 5:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 16:24-28

What can one give in exchange for one’s life?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples,
   “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
   take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
   but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
   and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
   and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here
   who will not taste death
   until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

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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