Readings for Thursday Week 3 in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 10:19-25

Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope and consider how to raise one another to love.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Since through the Blood of Jesus
   we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary
   by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil,
   that is, his flesh,
   and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,”
   let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust,
   with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
   and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope,
   for he who made the promise is trustworthy.
We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works.
We should not stay away from our assembly,
   as is the custom of some, but encourage one another,
   and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R. :

R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
   the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
   and established it upon the rivers.

R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
   or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
   who desires not what is vain.

R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
   a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
   that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sam 7:18-19, 224-29

Who am I, LORD GOD, and who are the members of my house?

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

After Nathan had spoken to King David,
   the king went in and sat before the LORD and said,
   “Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house,
   that you have brought me to this point?
Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD;
   you have also spoken of the house of your servant
   for a long time to come:
   this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD!

“You have established for yourself your people Israel as yours forever,
   and you, LORD, have become their God.
And now, LORD God, confirm for all time the prophecy you have made
   concerning your servant and his house,
   and do as you have promised.
Your name will be forever great, when men say,
   ‘The LORD of hosts is God of Israel,’
   and the house of your servant David stands firm before you.
It is you, Lord of hosts, God of Israel,
   who said in a revelation to your servant,
   ‘I will build a house for you.’
Therefore your servant now finds the courage to make this prayer to you.
And now, Lord GOD, you are God and your words are truth;
   you have made this generous promise to your servant.
Do, then, bless the house of your servant
   that it may be before you forever; for you, Lord GOD, have promised,
   and by your blessing the house of your servant
    shall be blessed forever.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 132:1-2, 11, 12, 13-14

R. :

R. (Luke 1:32b) The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

LORD, remember David,
   and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
   vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“I will not enter the house where I live,
   nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
   my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the LORD,
   a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

The LORD swore an oath to David
   a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
   I will set upon your throne.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“If you sons keep my covenant,
   and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
   shall sit upon your throne.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

For the LORD has chosen Zion,
   he prefers her for his dwelling:
“Zion is my resting place forever;
   in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”

R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.


Gospel Acclamation
Ps 119:105

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mk 4:21-25

A lamp is to be placed on a lampstand. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus said to his disciples,
   “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
   or under a bed,
   and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
   nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
   and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
   from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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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