Readings For Monday 20th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Ez 24:15-23

Ezekiel shall be a sign for you: all that he did you shall do when it happens.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

The word of the LORD came to me:
   Son of man, by a sudden blow
   I am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,
   but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.
Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,
   bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,
   do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.
That evening my wife died,
   and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.
Then the people asked me, “Will you not tell us what all these things
   that you are doing mean for us?”
I therefore spoke to the people that morning, saying to them:
   Thus the word of the LORD came to me:
   Say to the house of Israel:
   Thus says the Lord GOD:
   I will now desecrate my sanctuary, the stronghold of your pride,
   the delight of your eyes, the desire of your soul.
The sons and daughters you left behind shall fall by the sword.
Ezekiel shall be a sign for you:
   all that he did you shall do when it happens.
Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
You shall do as I have done,
   not covering your beards nor eating the customary bread.
Your turbans shall remain on your heads, your sandals on your feet.
You shall not mourn or weep,
   but you shall rot away because of your sins and groan one to another.


Responsorial Psalm
Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21

R. :

R. (see 18a) You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.
   You forgot the God who gave you birth.
When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing
   and anger toward his sons and daughters.

R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

“I will hide my face from them,” he said,
   “and see what will then become of them.
What a fickle race they are,
   sons with no loyalty in them!”

R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

“Since they have provoked me with their ‘no-god’
   and angered me with their vain idols,
I will provoke them with a ‘no-people’;
   with a foolish nation I will anger them.”

R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Jgs 2:11-19

When the LORD raised up judges, they did not listen.

A reading from the Book of Judges

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,
   who led them out of the land of Egypt,
   they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,
   and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
   the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,
   and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.
He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about
   whom they were no longer able to withstand.
Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,
   as in his warning he had sworn he would do,
   till they were in great distress.
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
   from the power of their despoilers,
   they did not listen to their judges,
   but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.
They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,
   and did not follow their example of obedience
   to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge
   and save them from the power of their enemies
   as long as the judge lived;
   it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
   of affliction under their oppressors.
But when the judge died,
   they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,
   following other gods in service and worship,
   relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab and 44

R. :

R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They did not exterminate the peoples,
   as the LORD had commanded them,
But mingled with the nations
   and learned their works.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They served their idols,
   which became a snare for them.
They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to demons.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They became defiled by their works,
   and wanton in their crimes.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
   and abhorred his inheritance.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Many times did he rescue them,
   but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
   when he heard their cry.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 19:16-22

If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and you will have treasure in heaven.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

A young man approached Jesus and said,
   “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
   you shall not commit adultery;
   you shall not steal;
   you shall not bear false witness;
   honor your father and your mother;
   and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The young man said to him,
   “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
   sell what you have and give to the poor,
   and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
   for he had many possessions.

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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