Readings For Tuesday 26th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23

Why is light given to the toilers?

A reading from the Book of Job

Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.
Job spoke out and said:

   Perish the day on which I was born,
      the night when they said, “The child is a boy!”

   Why did I not perish at birth,
      come forth from the womb and expire?
   Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,
      like babes that have never seen the light?
   Wherefore did the knees receive me?
      or why did I suck at the breasts?

   For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;
      had I slept, I should then have been at rest
   With kings and counselors of the earth
      who built where now there are ruins
   Or with princes who had gold
      and filled their houses with silver.

   There the wicked cease from troubling,
      there the weary are at rest.

   Why is light given to the toilers,
      and life to the bitter in spirit?
   They wait for death and it comes not;
      they search for it rather than for hidden treasures,
   Rejoice in it exultingly,
      and are glad when they reach the grave:
   Those whose path is hidden from them,
      and whom God has hemmed in!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8

R. :

℟. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

O LORD, my God, by day I cry out;
   at night I clamor in your presence.
Let my prayer come before you;
   incline your ear to my call for help.

℟. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

For my soul is surfeited with troubles
   and my life draws near to the nether world.
I am numbered with those who go down into the pit;
   I am a man without strength.

℟. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

My couch is among the dead,
   like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no longer
   and who are cut off from your care.

℟. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

You have plunged me into the bottom of the pit,
   into the dark abyss.
Upon me your wrath lies heavy,
   and with all your billows you overwhelm me.

℟. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

Year 2

First Reading
Zec 8:20-23

Many peoples shall come to seek the Lord in Jerusalem.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
There shall yet come peoples,
   the inhabitants of many cities;
   and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,
   and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”;
   and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.”
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
   to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
   and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
   In those days ten men of every nationality,
   speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
   yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,

   “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

 R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.

His foundation upon the holy mountains
   the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
   more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
   O city of God!

R. God is with us.

I tell of Egypt and Babylon
   among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
   “This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
   “One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
   is the Most High LORD.”

R. God is with us.

They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
   “This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
   “My home is within you.”

R. God is with us.

Gospel Acclamation
Mk 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 9:51-56

He resolutely determined to journey from Jerusalem

 A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
   he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
   and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
   to prepare for his reception there,
   but they would not welcome him
   because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
   “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
   to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
   and they journeyed to another village.

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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