Readings Saturday 25 th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Eccl 11:9—12:8

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the dust returns to the earth, and the life breath returns to God.

A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Rejoice, O young man, while you are young
   and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart,
   the vision of your eyes;
Yet understand that as regards all this
   God will bring you to judgment.
Ward off grief from your heart
   and put away trouble from your presence,
   though the dawn of youth is fleeting.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,
   before the evil days come
And the years approach of which you will say,
   I have no pleasure in them;
Before the sun is darkened,
   and the light, and the moon, and the stars,
   while the clouds return after the rain;
When the guardians of the house tremble,
   and the strong men are bent,
And the grinders are idle because they are few,
   and they who look through the windows grow blind;
When the doors to the street are shut,
   and the sound of the mill is low;
When one waits for the chirp of a bird,
   but all the daughters of song are suppressed;
And one fears heights,
   and perils in the street;
When the almond tree blooms,
   and the locust grows sluggish
   and the caper berry is without effect,
Because man goes to his lasting home,
   and mourners go about the streets;
Before the silver cord is snapped
   and the golden bowl is broken,
And the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
   and the broken pulley falls into the well,
And the dust returns to the earth as it once was,
   and the life breath returns to God who gave it.

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
   all things are vanity!


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17

R. :

R. (1) In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

You turn man back to dust,
   saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
   are as yesterday, now that it is past,
   or as a watch of the night.

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

You make an end of them in their sleep;
   the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
   but by evening wilts and fades.

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Teach us to number our days aright,
   that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
   Have pity on your servants!

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
   that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours;
   prosper the work of our hands for us!
   Prosper the work of our hands!

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Year 2

First Reading
Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a

See, I am coming to dwell among you.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
   there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
   to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
   and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
   “Run, tell this to that young man:
   People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
   because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
   and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
   and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.


Responsorial Psalm
Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13

R. :

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
   proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
   he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
   he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
   they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
   and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
   I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.


Gospel Acclamation
See 2 Tim 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death,
and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 9:43b-45

The Son of Man is to be handed over to men. They were afraid to ask him about this saying.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
   Jesus said to his disciples,
   “Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
   its meaning was hidden from them
   and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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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