Readings for Wednesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 21:5, 8-20a

No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaning
   Abraham held a great feast.

Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian
   had borne to Abraham
   playing with her son Isaac;
   so she demanded of Abraham:
   “Drive out that slave and her son!
No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance
   with my son Isaac!”
Abraham was greatly distressed,
   especially on account of his son Ishmael.
But God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy
   or about your slave woman.
Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you;
   for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name.
As for the son of the slave woman,
   I will make a great nation of him also,
   since he too is your offspring.”

Early the next morning Abraham got some bread and a skin of water
   and gave them to Hagar.
Then, placing the child on her back, he sent her away.
As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba,
   the water in the skin was used up.
So she put the child down under a shrub,
   and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away;
   for she said to herself, “Let me not watch to see the child die.”
As she sat opposite Ishmael, he began to cry.
God heard the boy’s cry,
   and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven:
   “What is the matter, Hagar?
Don’t be afraid; God has heard the boy’s cry in this plight of his.
Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand;
   for I will make of him a great nation.”
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.
She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink.

God was with the boy as he grew up.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:7-8, 10-11, 12-13

R. :

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
   for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
   but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Come, children, hear me;
   I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
   and takes delight in prosperous days?

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Year 2

First Reading
Am 5:14-15, 21-24

Away with your noisy songs! Let justice surge like an unfailing stream.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos

Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts,
   be with you as you claim!
Hate evil and love good,
   and let justice prevail at the gate;
Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
   will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.

I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,
   I take no pleasure in your solemnities;
Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
   nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.
Away with your noisy songs!
   I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.
But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
   then let justice surge like water,
   and goodness like an unfailing stream.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17

R. :

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Hear, my people, and I will speak;
   Israel, I will testify against you;
   God, your God, am I.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
   for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
   no goats out of your fold.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“For mine are all the animals of the forests,
   beasts by the thousand on my mountains.
I know all the birds of the air,
   and whatever stirs in the plains, belongs to me.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“If I were hungry, I should not tell you,
   for mine are the world and its fullness.
Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls,
   or is the blood of goats my drink?”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
   and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
   and cast my words behind you?”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel Acclamation
Jam 1:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 8:28-34

Have your come here to torment us before the appointed time?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
   two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
   “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
   and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
   where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
   and when they came to the town they reported everything,
   including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
   and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

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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