Readings for Wednesday 10th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
2 Cor 3:4-11

He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of spirit.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit
   for anything as coming from us;
   rather, our qualification comes from God,
   who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,
   not of letter but of spirit;
   for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious
   that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses
   because of its glory that was going to fade,
   how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
   the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
   has come to have no glory in this respect
   because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
   how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9

R. :

R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
   and worship at his footstool;
   holy is he!

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
   they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
   they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

O LORD, our God, you answered them;
   a forgiving God you were to them,
   though requiting their misdeeds.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for holy is the LORD, our God.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Kgs 18:20-39

Let it be known this day that you, LORD, are God.

A reading from the first Book of Kings

Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
   and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.

Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
   “How long will you straddle the issue?
If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.”
The people, however, did not answer him.
So Elijah said to the people,
   “I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
   and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
Give us two young bulls.
Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
   but start no fire.
I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
   but shall start no fire.
You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
The God who answers with fire is God.”
All the people answered, “Agreed!”

Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
   “Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
   for there are more of you.
Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.”
Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
   and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
   “Answer us, Baal!”
But there was no sound, and no one answering.
And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
   “Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
   or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
   as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
   until the time for offering sacrifice.
But there was not a sound;
   no one answered, and no one was listening.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.”
When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
   that had been destroyed.
He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob,
   to whom the LORD had said, “Your name shall be Israel.”
He built an altar in honor of the LORD with the stones,
   and made a trench around the altar
   large enough for two measures of grain.
When he had arranged the wood,
   he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.
“Fill four jars with water,” he said,
   “and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood.”
“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.
“Do it a third time,” he said,
   and they did it a third time.
The water flowed around the altar,
   and the trench was filled with the water.

At the time for offering sacrifice,
   the prophet Elijah came forward and said,
“LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
   let it be known this day that you are God in Israel
   and that I am your servant
   and have done all these things by your command.
Answer me, LORD!
Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
   and that you have brought them back to their senses.”
The LORD’s fire came down
   and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
   and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
   “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11

R. :

R. (1b) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
   I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

They multiply their sorrows
   who court other gods.
Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
   nor will I take their names upon my lips.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

O LORD, my allotted portion and cup,
   you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
   with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

You will show me the path to life,
   fullness of joys in your presence,
   the delights at your right hand forever.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Gospel Acclamation
Ps 25:4b, 5a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Teach me your paths, my God,
and guide me in your truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 5:17-19

I have come not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
   not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
   will pass from the law,
   until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
   and teaches others to do so
   will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
   will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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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