Readings for Tuesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Rv 3:1-6, 14-22

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:
“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this:

“‘The one who has the seven spirits of God
   and the seven stars says this: “I know your works,
   that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,
   for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.
If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief,
   and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
However, you have a few people in Sardis
   who have not soiled their garments;
   they will walk with me dressed in white,
   because they are worthy.

“‘“The victor will thus be dressed in white,
   and I will never erase his name from the book of life
   but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father
   and of his angels.

“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’””

“To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write this:

“‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness,
   the source of God’s creation, says this:
   “I know your works;
   I know that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
   I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’
   and yet do not realize that you are wretched,
   pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich,
   and white garments to put on
   so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
   and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise.
Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

“‘“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
   then I will enter his house and dine with him,
   and he with me.
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne,
   as I myself first won the victory
   and sit with my Father on his throne.

“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear
   what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5

R. :

R. (Rev 3:21) I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
   who thinks the truth in his heart
   and slanders not with his tongue.

R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

Who harms not his fellow man,
   nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
   while he honors those who fear the LORD.

R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

Who lends not his money at usury
   and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
   shall never be disturbed.

R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

Year 1


First Reading
2 Mc 6:18-31

I will leave to the young man a noble example of how to die willingly and gererously for the revered and holy laws.

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
   a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
   was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
   he spat out the meat,
   and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
   as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
   which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
   because of their long acquaintance with him,
   and urged him to bring meat of his own providing,
   such as he could legitimately eat,
   and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice
   prescribed by the king;
   in this way he would escape the death penalty,
   and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.
But Eleazar made up his mind in a noble manner,
   worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age,
   the merited distinction of his gray hair,
   and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood;
   and so he declared that above all
   he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God.

He told them to send him at once
   to the abode of the dead, explaining:
   “At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense;
   many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar
   had gone over to an alien religion.
Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life,
   they would be led astray by me,
   while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.
Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men,
   I shall never, whether alive or dead,
   escape the hands of the Almighty.
Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now,
   I will prove myself worthy of my old age,
   and I will leave to the young a noble example
   of how to die willingly and generously
   for the revered and holy laws.”

Eleazar spoke thus,
   and went immediately to the instrument of torture.
Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed,
   now became hostile toward him because what he had said
   seemed to them utter madness.
When he was about to die under the blows,
   he groaned and said:
   “The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that,
   although I could have escaped death,
   I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging,
   but also suffering it with joy in my soul
   because of my devotion to him.”
This is how he died,
   leaving in his death a model of courage
   and an unforgettable example of virtue
   not only for the young but for the whole nation.

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

R. :

R. (6b) The Lord upholds me.

O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
   Many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
   “There is no salvation for him in God.”

R. The Lord upholds me.

But you, O LORD, are my shield;
   my glory, you lift up my head!
When I call out to the LORD,
   he answers me from his holy mountain.

R. The Lord upholds me.

When I lie down in sleep,
   I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
I fear not the myriads of people
   arrayed against me on every side.

R. The Lord upholds me.

Gospel Acclamation
1 Jn 4:10b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God loved us, and sent his Son
as expiation for our sins.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 19:1-10

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
   who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
   was seeking to see who Jesus was;
   but he could not see him because of the crowd,
   for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
   who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
   “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
   for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
   “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
   “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
   and if I have extorted anything from anyone
   I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
   “Today salvation has come to this house
   because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
   and to save what was lost.”

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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