Readings for Wednesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Rv 4:1-11

Holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,
   and I heard the trumpetlike voice
   that had spoken to me before, saying,
   “Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”
At once I was caught up in spirit.
A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one
   whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.
Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.
Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones
   on which twenty-four elders sat,
   dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning,
   rumblings, and peals of thunder.
Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne,
   which are the seven spirits of God.
In front of the throne was something that resembled
   a sea of glass like crystal.

In the center and around the throne,
   there were four living creatures
   covered with eyes in front and in back.
The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf,
   the third had a face like that of a man,
   and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.
The four living creatures, each of them with six wings,
   were covered with eyes inside and out.
Day and night they do not stop exclaiming:
      “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
         who was, and who is, and who is to come.”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks
   to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
   the twenty-four elders fall down
   before the one who sits on the throne
   and worship him, who lives forever and ever.
They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming:

      “Worthy are you, Lord our God,
      to receive glory and honor and power,
   for you created all things;
      because of your will they came to be and were created.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. :

R. (See Is 6:3 and Rev 4:8d) Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!

Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
   praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
   praise him for his sovereign majesty.

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
   praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
   praise him with strings and pipe.

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
   praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
   praise the LORD! Alleluia.

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!

Year 1

First Reading
2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

The creator of the universe will give you back both breath and life.

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
   and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
   to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
   who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
   yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
   she exhorted each of them
   in the language of their ancestors with these words:
   “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
   it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
   nor was it I who set in order
   the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
   who shapes each man’s beginning,
   as he brings about the origin of everything,
   he, in his mercy,
   will give you back both breath and life,
   because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.”

Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
   thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
   not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
   to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
   he would make him his Friend
   and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
   the king appealed to the mother,
   urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
   she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
   she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
   “Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
   nursed you for three years, brought you up,
   educated and supported you to your present age.
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
   and see all that is in them;
   then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
   and in the same way the human race came into existence.
Do not be afraid of this executioner,
   but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
   so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them.”

She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
   “What are you waiting for?
I will not obey the king’s command.
I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
   will not escape the hands of God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15

R. :

R. (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
   attend to my outcry;
   hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
   my feet have not faltered.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me; hear my word.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings.
But I in justice shall behold your face;
   on waking, I shall be content in your presence.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 19:11-28

Why did you not put my money in a bank?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

While people were listening to Jesus speak,
   he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
   and they thought that the Kingdom of God
   would appear there immediately.
So he said,
   “A nobleman went off to a distant country
   to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
   and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
His fellow citizens, however, despised him
   and sent a delegation after him to announce,
   ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’
But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
   he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
   to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said,
   ‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
   take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported,
   ‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’
And to this servant too he said,
   ‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said,
   ‘Sir, here is your gold coin;
   I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
   for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
   you take up what you did not lay down
   and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him,
   ‘With your own words I shall condemn you,
   you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
   taking up what I did not lay down
   and harvesting what I did not plant;
   why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said,
   ‘Take the gold coin from him
   and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him,
   ‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
He replied, ‘I tell you,
   to everyone who has, more will be given,
   but from the one who has not,
   even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
   bring them here and slay them before me.’”

After he had said this,
   he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

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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