Readings Wednesday Week 25 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Ez 9:5-9

In our servitude our God has not abandoned us.

A reading from the Book of Ezra

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
   and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
   stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
   O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
   and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
   great has been our guilt,
   and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
   we and our kings and our priests,
   to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
   to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
   as is the case today.

“And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
   who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
   thus our God has brightened our eyes
   and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
   rather, he has turned the good will
   of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
   to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
   and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem.”

Responsorial Psalm
Tobit 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8

R. :

R. (1b) Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

He scourges and then has mercy;
   he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
   and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
   for though he has scattered you among them,
   he has shown you his greatness even there.

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

So now consider what he has done for you,
   and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
   and exalt the King of ages.

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

In the land of my exile I praise him
   and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
   and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Gospel Acclamation
Mk 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 9:1-6

He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
   over all demons and to cure diseases,
   and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
   and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
   neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
   and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
   when you leave that town,
   shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
   proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

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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