Readings for Saturday 1st Week of Lent

First Reading
Dt 26:16-19

You will be a people sacred to the LORD God.

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
   “This day the LORD, your God,
   commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.
Be careful, then,
   to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:
   he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways
   and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,
   and to hearken to his voice.
And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:
   you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;
   and provided you keep all his commandments,
   he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory
   above all other nations he has made,
   and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God,
   as he promised.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

R. :

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
   who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
   who seek him with all their heart.

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

You have commanded that your precepts
   be diligently kept.
Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
   of keeping your statutes!

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
   when I have learned your just ordinances.
I will keep your statutes;
   do not utterly forsake me.

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Gospel Acclamation
2 Cor 6:2b

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

Mt 5:43-48

Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
   “You have heard that it was said,
   You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies,
   and pray for those who persecute you,
   that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
   for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
   and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers and sisters only,
   what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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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