Readings for Saturday 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 18:1-15

Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do? I will surely return to you and Sarah will then have a son.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre,
   as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent,
   while the day was growing hot.
Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby.
When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them;
   and bowing to the ground, he said:
   “Sir, if I may ask you this favor,
   please do not go on past your servant.
Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet,
   and then rest yourselves under the tree.
Now that you have come this close to your servant,
   let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves;
   and afterward you may go on your way.”
The men replied, “Very well, do as you have said.”

Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah,
   “Quick, three measures of fine flour!
Knead it and make rolls.”
He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer,
   and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it.
Then Abraham got some curds and milk,
   as well as the steer that had been prepared,
   and set these before them;
   and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.

They asked him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”
He replied, “There in the tent.”
One of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year,
   and Sarah will then have a son.”
Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent, just behind him.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years,
   and Sarah had stopped having her womanly periods.
So Sarah laughed to herself and said,
   “Now that I am so withered and my husband is so old,
   am I still to have sexual pleasure?”
But the LORD said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh and say,
   ‘Shall I really bear a child, old as I am?’
Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do?
At the appointed time, about this time next year, I will return to you,
   and Sarah will have a son.”
Because she was afraid, Sarah dissembled, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”
But he replied, “Yes you did.”

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50 and 53, 54-5

R. :

R. (see 54b) The Lord has remembered his mercy.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
   my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.

“For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
   the Almighty has done great things for me,
   and holy is his Name.”

R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.

“He has mercy on those who fear him
   in every generation.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
   and the rich he has sent away empty.”

R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.

“He has come to the help of his servant Israel
   for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
   to Abraham and his children for ever.”

R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.

Year 2

First Reading
Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19

Cry out to the Lord over the fortresses of daughter Zion.

A reading from the Book of Lamentations

The Lord has consumed without pity
   all the dwellings of Jacob;
He has torn down in his anger
   the fortresses of daughter Judah;
He has brought to the ground in dishonor
   her king and her princes.
On the ground in silence sit
   the old men of daughter Zion;
They strew dust on their heads
   and gird themselves with sackcloth;
The maidens of Jerusalem
   bow their heads to the ground.
Worn out from weeping are my eyes,
   within me all is in ferment;
My gall is poured out on the ground
   because of the downfall of the daughter of my people,
As child and infant faint away
   in the open spaces of the town.
In vain they ask their mothers,
   “Where is the grain?”
As they faint away like the wounded
   in the streets of the city,
And breathe their last
   in their mothers’ arms.
To what can I liken or compare you,
   O daughter Jerusalem?
What example can I show you for your comfort,
   virgin daughter Zion?
For great as the sea is your downfall;
   who can heal you?

Your prophets had for you
   false and specious visions;
They did not lay bare your guilt,
   to avert your fate;
They beheld for you in vision
   false and misleading portents.
Cry out to the Lord;
   moan, O daughter Zion!
Let your tears flow like a torrent
   day and night;
Let there be no respite for you,
   no repose for your eyes.
Rise up, shrill in the night,
   at the beginning of every watch;
Pour out your heart like water
   in the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to him
   for the lives of your little ones
Who faint from hunger
   at the corner of every street.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21

R. :

R. (19b) Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

Why, O God, have you cast us off forever?
   Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your flock which you built up of old,
   the tribe you redeemed as your inheritance,
   Mount Zion, where you took up your abode.

R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

Turn your steps toward the utter ruins;
   toward all the damage the enemy has done in the sanctuary.
Your foes roar triumphantly in your shrine;
   they have set up their tokens of victory.
They are like men coming up with axes to a clump of trees.

R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

With chisel and hammer they hack at all the paneling of the sanctuary.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
   the place where your name abides they have razed and profaned.

R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

Look to your covenant,
   for the hiding places in the land and the plains are full of violence.
May the humble not retire in confusion;
   may the afflicted and the poor praise your name.

R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 8:5-17

Many will come from east and west and will recline wit Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
   a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
   “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
   “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
   only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
   with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
   and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
   and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
   “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
   and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
   at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
   but the children of the Kingdom
   will be driven out into the outer darkness,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
   “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.
Jesus entered the house of Peter,
   and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
   and she rose and waited on him.
When it was evening, they brought him many
   who were possessed by demons,
   and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
   to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:
   He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

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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