Readings for Tuesday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
1 Cor 6:1-11

A believer goes to court against a believer and that before unbelievers.

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

Brothers and sisters:
How can any one of you with a case against another
   dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment
   instead of to the holy ones?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?
If the world is to be judged by you,
   are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
Then why not everyday matters?
If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,
   do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?
I say this to shame you.
Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough
   to be able to settle a case between brothers?
But rather brother goes to court against brother,
   and that before unbelievers?

Now indeed then it is, in any case,
   a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.
Why not rather put up with injustice?
Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
   neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers
   nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves
   nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers
   will inherit the Kingdom of God.
That is what some of you used to be;
   but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified,
   you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
   and in the Spirit of our God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

R. :

℟. (see 4) The Lord takes delight in his people.

Sing to the LORD a new song
   of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

℟. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
   let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
   and he adorns the lowly with victory.

℟. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
   This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.

℟. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Year 1

First Reading
Col 2:6-15

God brought you to life along with Christ having forgiven us all our transgressions.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
   rooted in him and built upon him
   and established in the faith as you were taught,
   abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
   according to the tradition of men,
   according to the elemental powers of the world
   and not according to Christ.

For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
   and you share in this fullness in him,
   who is the head of every principality and power.
In him you were also circumcised
   with a circumcision not administered by hand,
   by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
You were buried with him in baptism,
   in which you were also raised with him
   through faith in the power of God,
   who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead in transgressions
   and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
   he brought you to life along with him,
   having forgiven us all our transgressions;
   obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
   which was opposed to us,
   he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;
   despoiling the principalities and the powers,
   he made a public spectacle of them,
   leading them away in triumph by it.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11

R. :

R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

I will extol you, O my God and King,
   and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
   and I will praise your name forever and ever.

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
   and compassionate toward all his works.

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
   and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
   and speak of your might.

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I chose you from the world,
that you may go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 6:12-19

He spent the night in prayer. He chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
   and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
   and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
   Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
   James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
   Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
   Simon who was called a Zealot,
   and Judas the son of James,
   and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
   from all Judea and Jerusalem
   and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
   came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
   and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
   because power came forth from him and healed them all.

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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