Readings For Wednesday 23RD Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Cor 7:25-31

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation. Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.

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

Brothers and sisters:
In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,
   but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.
So this is what I think best because of the present distress:
   that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation.
Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.
If you marry, however, you do not sin,
   nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries;
   but such people will experience affliction in their earthly life,
   and I would like to spare you that.

I tell you, brothers, the time is running out.
From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
   those weeping as not weeping,
   those rejoicing as not rejoicing,
   those buying as not owning,
   those using the world as not using it fully.
For the world in its present form is passing away.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17

R. :

R. (11) Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
   forget your people and your father’s house.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
   for he is your lord, and you must worship him.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

All glorious is the king’s daughter as she enters;
   her raiment is threaded with spun gold.
In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king;
   behind her the virgins of her train are brought to you.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

They are borne in with gladness and joy;
   they enter the palace of the king.
The place of your fathers your sons shall have,
   you shall make them princes over all the earth.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

Year 2

First Reading
Col 3:1-11

You have died with Christ; put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
   where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
   then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
   immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
   and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
   anger, fury, malice, slander,
   and obscene language out of your mouths.
Stop lying to one another,
   since you have taken off the old self with its practices
   and have put on the new self,
   which is being renewed, for knowledge,
   in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
   circumcision and uncircumcision,
   barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
   but Christ is all and in all.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab

R. :

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

Every day will I bless you,
   and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable.

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.

Making known to men your might
   and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
   and your dominion endures through all generations.

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.


Gospel Acclamation
Lk 6:23ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Rejoice and leap for joy!
Your reward will be great in heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 6:20-26

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
   for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
   for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
   for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
   and when they exclude and insult you,
   and denounce your name as evil
   on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
   Behold, your reward
   will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
   in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
   for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
   for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
   for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
   for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”

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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