Readings for Thursday Week 33 in Ordinary Time

First Reading
1 Mc 2:15-29

We willl keep to the covenant of our ancestors.

A reading from the first Book of Maccabees

The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy
   came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
Many of Israel joined them,
   but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:
   “You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,
   supported by sons and kin.
Come now, be the first to obey the king’s command,
   as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah
   and those who are left in Jerusalem have done.
Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King’s Friends,
   and shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts.”
But Mattathias answered in a loud voice:
   “Although all the Gentiles in the king’s realm obey him,
   so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers
   and consents to the king’s orders,
   yet I and my sons and my kin
   will keep to the covenant of our fathers.
God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments.
We will not obey the words of the king
   nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.”

As he finished saying these words,
   a certain Jew came forward in the sight of all
   to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein
   according to the king’s order.
When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal;
   his heart was moved and his just fury was aroused;
   he sprang forward and killed him upon the altar.
At the same time, he also killed the messenger of the king
   who was forcing them to sacrifice,
   and he tore down the altar.
Thus he showed his zeal for the law,
   just as Phinehas did with Zimri, son of Salu.

Then Mattathias went through the city shouting,
   “Let everyone who is zealous for the law
   and who stands by the covenant follow after me!”
Thereupon he fled to the mountains with his sons,
   leaving behind in the city all their possessions.
Many who sought to live according to righteousness and religious custom
   went out into the desert to settle there.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15

R. :

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
   God shines forth.

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Gather my faithful ones before me,
   those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
   for God himself is the judge.

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
   and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
   I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel Acclamation
Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 19:41-44

If you only knew what makes for peace.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
   he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
   “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—
   but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
   when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
   they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
   and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
   because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

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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