Readings for Tuesday 20th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Ez 28:1-10

You are a mortal and not God, however you may think yourself like a god.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,
   say to the prince of Tyre:
   Thus says the Lord GOD:

      Because you are haughty of heart,
         you say, “A god am I!
      I occupy a godly throne
         in the heart of the sea!”—
      And yet you are a man, and not a god,
         however you may think yourself like a god.
      Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,
         there is no secret that is beyond you.
      By your wisdom and your intelligence
         you have made riches for yourself;
      You have put gold and silver
         into your treasuries.
      By your great wisdom applied to your trading
         you have heaped up your riches;
         your heart has grown haughty from your riches—
         therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
      Because you have thought yourself
         to have the mind of a god,
      Therefore I will bring against you
         foreigners, the most barbarous of nations.
      They shall draw their swords
         against your beauteous wisdom,
         they shall run them through your splendid apparel.
      They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to die
         a bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea.
      Will you then say, “I am a god!”
         when you face your murderers?
      No, you are man, not a god,
         handed over to those who will slay you.
      You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
         at the hands of foreigners,
         for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.

Responsorial Psalm
Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab

R. :

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

“I would have said, ‘I will make an end of them
   and blot out their name from men’s memories,’
Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies,
   feared that these foes would mistakenly boast.”

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

“‘Our own hand won the victory;
   the LORD had nothing to do with it.’”
For they are a people devoid of reason,
   having no understanding.

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

“How could one man rout a thousand,
   or two men put ten thousand to flight,
Unless it was because their Rock sold them
   and the LORD delivered them up?”

R. 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.

Year 1

First Reading
Jgs 6:11-24a

Go and save Israel; it is I who send you.

A reading from the Book of Judges

The angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth in Ophrah
   that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite.
While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press
   to save it from the Midianites,
   the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said,
   “The LORD is with you, O champion!”
Gideon said to him, “My Lord, if the LORD is with us,
   why has all this happened to us?
Where are his wondrous deeds of which our fathers
   told us when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’
For now the LORD has abandoned us
   and has delivered us into the power of Midian.”
The LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have
   and save Israel from the power of Midian.
It is I who send you.”
But Gideon answered him, “Please, my lord, how can I save Israel?
My family is the lowliest in Manasseh,
   and I am the most insignificant in my father’s house.”
“I shall be with you,” the LORD said to him,
   “and you will cut down Midian to the last man.”
Gideon answered him, “If I find favor with you,
   give me a sign that you are speaking with me.
Do not depart from here, I pray you, until I come back to you
   and bring out my offering and set it before you.”
He answered, “I will await your return.”

So Gideon went off and prepared a kid and a measure of flour
   in the form of unleavened cakes.
Putting the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot,
   he brought them out to him under the terebinth
   and presented them.
The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and unleavened cakes
   and lay them on this rock; then pour out the broth.”
When he had done so,
   the angel of the LORD stretched out the tip of the staff he held,
   and touched the meat and unleavened cakes.
Thereupon a fire came up from the rock
   that consumed the meat and unleavened cakes,
   and the angel of the LORD disappeared from sight.
Gideon, now aware that it had been the angel of the LORD,
   said, “Alas, Lord GOD,
   that I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”
The LORD answered him,
   “Be calm, do not fear. You shall not die.”
So Gideon built there an altar to the LORD
   and called it Yahweh-shalom.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14

R. :

R. (see 9b) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

I will hear what God proclaims;
   the LORD—for he proclaims peace
To his people, and to his faithful ones,
   and to those who put in him their hope.

R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
   justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
   and justice shall look down from heaven.

R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
   our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
   and salvation, along the way of his steps.

R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Gospel Acclamation
2 Cor 8:9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 19:23-30

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
   to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
   it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
   than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
   “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
   “For men this is impossible,
   but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
   “We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
   that you who have followed me, in the new age,
   when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
   will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
   judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
   or father or mother or children or lands
   for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
   and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

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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