Readings for Thursday 10th Week in Ordinary time

First Reading
1 Kgs 18:41-46

Elijah prayed and the sky gave rain (James 5:18).

A reading from the first Book of Kings

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink,
   for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
So Ahab went up to eat and drink,
   while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,
   crouched down to the earth,
   and put his head between his knees.
“Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
   who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
   “There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and say to Ahab,
   ‘Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.’”
In a trice the sky grew dark with clouds and wind,
   and a heavy rain fell.
Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah,
   who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab
   as far as the approaches to Jezreel.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13

R. :

R. (2a) It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

You have visited the land and watered it;
   greatly have you enriched it.
God’s watercourses are filled;
   you have prepared the grain.

R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

Thus have you prepared the land:
   drenching its furrows, breaking up its clods,
Softening it with showers,
   blessing its yield.

R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

You have crowned the year with your bounty,
   and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
The untilled meadows overflow with it,
   and rejoicing clothes the hills.

R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 13:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 5: 20-26

Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
   “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
   of the scribes and Pharisees,
   you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
   You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
   will be liable to judgment,
   and whoever says to his brother,
   ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
   and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
   and there recall that your brother
   has anything against you,
   leave your gift there at the altar,
   go first and be reconciled with your brother,
   and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
   and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
   and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
   you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

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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