Readings for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

First Reading
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10

A man of strife and contention to all the land.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

In those days, the princes said to the king:
“Jeremiah ought to be put to death:
   he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city,
   and all the people, by speaking such things to them;
   he is not interested in the welfare of our people,
   but in their ruin.”
King Zedekiah answered: “He is in your power”;
   for the king could do nothing with them.
And so they took Jeremiah
   and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah,
   which was in the quarters of the guard,
   letting him down with ropes.
There was no water in the cistern, only mud,
   and Jeremiah sank into the mud.

Ebed-melech, a court official,
   went there from the palace and said to him:
   “My lord king,
   these men have been at fault
   in all they have done to the prophet Jeremiah,
   casting him into the cistern.
He will die of famine on the spot,
   for there is no more food in the city.”
Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite
   to take three men along with him,
   and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he should die.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18

R. :

R. (14b) Lord, come to my aid!

I have waited, waited for the LORD,
   and he stooped toward me.

R. Lord, come to my aid!

The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
   out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
   he made firm my steps.

R. Lord, come to my aid!

And he put a new song into my mouth,
   a hymn to our God.
Many shall look on in awe
   and trust in the LORD.

R. Lord, come to my aid!

Though I am afflicted an poor,
   yet the LORD thinks of me.
You are my helper and deliverer;
  O my God, hold not back!

R. Lord, come to my aid!

Second Reading
Heb 12:1-4

Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
   let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
   and persevere in running the race that lies before us
   while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
   the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
   he endured the cross, despising its shame,
   and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,
   in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin
   you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 12:49-53

I have come not to establish peace, but rather division.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
   and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
   and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
   three against two and two against three;
   a father will be divided against his son
   and a son against his father,
   a mother against her daughter
   and a daughter against her mother,
   a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
   and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

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.

Gospel Reflections / Homilies


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