Readings for Friday 5th Week of Lent

First Reading
Jer 20:10-13

The LORD God is with me, a mighty hero.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

I hear the whisperings of many:
   “Terror on every side!
   Denounce! let us denounce him!”
All those who were my friends
   are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
   and take our vengeance on him.”
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
   my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
   to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
   who probe mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
   for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
   praise the LORD,
For he has rescued the life of the poor
   from the power of the wicked!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7

R. :

R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

I love you, O LORD, my strength,
   O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

My God, my rock of refuge,
   my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
   and I am safe from my enemies.

R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

The breakers of death surged round about me,
   the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
   the snares of death overtook me.

R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

In my distress I called upon the LORD
   and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry to him reached his ears.

R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 6:63c, 68c

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

Jn 10:31-42

They wanted to arrest Jesus, but he eluded them.

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
   “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
   “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”’?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
   and Scripture cannot be set aside,
   can you say that the one
   whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
   blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
   but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
   believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
   that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
   but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan
   to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
   “John performed no sign,
   but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.

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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