Readings For Tuesday 3rd Week Of Lent

First Reading
Dn 3:25, 34-43

We ask you to receive us with humble and contrite heart.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud:

   “For your name’s sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,
      or make void your covenant.
   Do not take away your mercy from us,
      for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
      Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,
   To whom you promised to multiply their offspring
      like the stars of heaven,
      or the sand on the shore of the sea.
   For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
      brought low everywhere in the world this day
      because of our sins.
   We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
      no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
      no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.
   But with contrite heart and humble spirit
      let us be received;
   As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bullocks,
      or thousands of fat lambs,
   So let our sacrifice be in your presence today
      as we follow you unreservedly;
      for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.
   And now we follow you with our whole heart,
      we fear you and we pray to you.
   Do not let us be put to shame,
      but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
   Deliver us by your wonders,
      and bring glory to your name, O Lord.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9

R. :

R. (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
   teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my savior.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
   and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
   because of your goodness, O LORD.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Good and upright is the LORD;
   thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
   he teaches the humble his way.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Jl 2:12-13

Even now says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful.

Mt 18:21-35

Unless each of you forgives your brother and sister, the Father will not fogive you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
   “Lord, if my brother sins against me,
   how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
   who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
   a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
   his master ordered him to be sold,
   along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
   in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
   ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
   let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
   who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
   ‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
   ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
   until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
   they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
   and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
   as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
   until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
   unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

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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