Readings for Wednesday 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gal 2:1-2, 7-14

They recognized the grace bestowed upon me.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians

Brothers and sisters:
After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
   taking Titus along also.
I went up in accord with a revelation,
   and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles—
   but privately to those of repute—
   so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
On the contrary,
   when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,
   just as Peter to the circumcised,
   for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised
   worked also in me for the Gentiles,
   and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me,
   James and Cephas and John,
   who were reputed to be pillars,
   gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership,
   that we should go to the Gentiles
   and they to the circumcised.
Only, we were to be mindful of the poor,
   which is the very thing I was eager to do.

And when Cephas came to Antioch,
   I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.
For, until some people came from James,
   he used to eat with the Gentiles;
   but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,
   because he was afraid of the circumcised.
And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
   with the result that even Barnabas
   was carried away by their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not on the right road
   in line with the truth of the Gospel,
   I said to Cephas in front of all,
“If you, though a Jew,
   are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew,
   how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 117:1bc, 2

R. :

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

Praise the LORD, all you nations,
   glorify him, all you peoples!

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
   and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

Year 2

First Reading
Jon 4:1-11

You are concerned over a plant. And should I not be over Nineveh, the great city?

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah

Jonah was greatly displeased
   and became angry that God did not carry out the evil
   he threatened against Nineveh.
He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,
   is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?
This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.
I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,
   slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.
And now, LORD, please take my life from me;
   for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the LORD asked, “Have you reason to be angry?”

Jonah then left the city for a place to the east of it,
   where he built himself a hut and waited under it in the shade,
   to see what would happen to the city.
And when the LORD God provided a gourd plant
   that grew up over Jonah’s head,
   giving shade that relieved him of any discomfort,
   Jonah was very happy over the plant.
But the next morning at dawn
   God sent a worm that attacked the plant,
   so that it withered.
And when the sun arose, God sent a burning east wind;
   and the sun beat upon Jonah’s head till he became faint.
Then Jonah asked for death, saying,
   “I would be better off dead than alive.”

But God said to Jonah,
   “Have you reason to be angry over the plant?”
“I have reason to be angry,” Jonah answered, “angry enough to die.”
Then the LORD said,
   “You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor
   and which you did not raise;
   it came up in one night and in one night it perished.
And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city,
   in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons
   who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left,
   not to mention the many cattle?”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10

R. :

R. (15) Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
   for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
   and attend to the sound of my pleading.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

All the nations you have made shall come
   and worship you, O Lord,
   and glorify your name.
For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds;
   you alone are God.

R. Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

Gospel Acclamation
Rom 8:15bc

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 11:1-4

Lord, teach us to pray.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
   one of his disciples said to him,
   “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

   Father, hallowed be your name,
      your Kingdom come.
      Give us each day our daily bread
      and forgive us our sins
      for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
      and do not subject us to the final test.”

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 Reflection

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