Readings for 30th Sunday Ordinary Time / C

First Reading
Sir 35:12-14, 16-18

The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

The LORD is a God of justice,
   who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
   yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
   nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
   his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
   it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
   judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23

R. :

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
   the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
   to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the Lord hears them,
   and from all their distress he rescues them.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
   and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
   no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Second Reading
2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18

From now on, the crown of righteousness awaits me.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

I am already being poured out like a libation,
   and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
   I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
   which the Lord, the just judge,
   will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
   but to all who have longed for his appearance.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
   but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
   so that through me the proclamation might be completed
   and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
   and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
2 Cor 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 18:9-14

The tax collector, not the Pharisee, went home justified

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus addressed this parable
   to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
   and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
   one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
   ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—
   greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
   and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
   but beat his breast and prayed,
   ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
   for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
   and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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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