Readings for Saturday 22nd Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Cor 4:6b-15

We go hungry and thirsty and we are poorly clad.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Learn from myself and Apollos not to go beyond what is written,
   so that none of you will be inflated with pride
   in favor of one person over against another.
Who confers distinction upon you?
What do you possess that you have not received?
But if you have received it,
   why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?
You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich;
   you have become kings without us!
Indeed, I wish that you had become kings,
   so that we also might become kings with you.

For as I see it, God has exhibited us Apostles as the last of all,
   like people sentenced to death,
   since we have become a spectacle to the world,
   to angels and men alike.
We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ;
   we are weak, but you are strong;
   you are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty,
   we are poorly clad and roughly treated,
   we wander about homeless and we toil, working with our own hands.
When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
   when slandered, we respond gently.
We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all,
   to this very moment.

I am writing you this not to shame you,
   but to admonish you as my beloved children.
Even if you should have countless guides to Christ,
   yet you do not have many fathers,
   for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps. 145:17-18, 19-20, 21

R. :

R. (18) The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

The LORD is just in all his ways
   and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
   to all who call upon him in truth.

R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him,
   he hears their cry and saves them.
The LORD keeps all who love him,
   but all the wicked he will destroy.

R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
   and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

R. The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

Year 2

First Reading
Col 1:21-23

Christ has now reconciled you to present you holy and unblemished before him.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;
   God has now reconciled you
   in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,
   to present you holy, without blemish,
   and irreproachable before him,
   provided that you persevere in the faith,
   firmly grounded, stable,
   and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,
   which has been preached to every creature under heaven,
   of which I, Paul, am a minister.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8

R. :

R. (6) God himself is my help.

O God, by your name save me,
   and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
   hearken to the words of my mouth.

R. God himself is my help.

Behold, God is my helper;
   the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
   I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.

R. God himself is my help.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 6:1-5

Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
   his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
   rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
   “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
   “Have you not read what David did
   when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
   which only the priests could lawfully eat,
   ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

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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