Readings For Thursday 30th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Eph 6:10-20

Put on the armor of God, that you may be able, having done everything, to hold your ground.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters:
Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.
Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm
   against the tactics of the devil.
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood
   but with the principalities, with the powers,
   with the world rulers of this present darkness,
   with the evil spirits in the heavens.
Therefore, put on the armor of God,
   that you may be able to resist on the evil day
   and, having done everything, to hold your ground.
So stand fast with your loins girded in truth,
   clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,
   and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield,
   to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,
   which is the word of God.

With all prayer and supplication,
   pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.
To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication
   for all the holy ones and also for me,
   that speech may be given me to open my mouth,
   to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel
   for which I am an ambassador in chains,
   so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 144:1b, 2:9-10

R. :

R. (1b) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
   who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

My mercy and my fortress,
   my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
   who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

O God, I will sing a new song to you;
   with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise.
You who give victory to kings,
   and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Year 2

First Reading
Rom 8:31b-39

Not any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
   but handed him over for us all,
   how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
   who also is at the right hand of God,
   who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
   or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:

      For your sake we are being slain all the day;
         we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
   through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
   nor angels, nor principalities,
   nor present things, nor future things,
   nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
   nor any other creature will be able to separate us
   from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31

R. :

R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
   in your generous mercy rescue me;
For I am wretched and poor,
   and my heart is pierced within me.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

Help me, O LORD, my God;
   save me, in your mercy,
And let them know that this is your hand;
   that you, O LORD, have done this.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
   and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
   to save him from those who would condemn his soul.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.


Gospel Acclamation
See Lk 19:38; 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 13:31-35

It is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
   “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
   ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
   and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
   Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
   for it is impossible that a prophet should die
   outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
   you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
   how many times I yearned to gather your children together
   as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
   but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

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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