Readings for Tuesday 18th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Nm 12:1-13

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Not so with my servant Moses! Why, then, did you not fear to speak against him?

A reading from the Book of Numbers

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext
   of the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.
They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?
Does he not speak through us also?”
And the LORD heard this.
Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.
So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam,
   “Come out, you three, to the meeting tent.”
And the three of them went.
Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud,
   and standing at the entrance of the tent,
   called Aaron and Miriam.
When both came forward, he said,
   “Now listen to the words of the LORD:

      Should there be a prophet among you,
         in visions will I reveal myself to him,
         in dreams will I speak to him;
      not so with my servant Moses!
      Throughout my house he bears my trust:
         face to face I speak to him;
         plainly and not in riddles.
      The presence of the LORD he beholds.

Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?”

So angry was the LORD against them that when he departed,
   and the cloud withdrew from the tent,
   there was Miriam, a snow-white leper!
When Aaron turned and saw her a leper, he said to Moses,
   “Ah, my lord! Please do not charge us with the sin
   that we have foolishly committed!
Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe
   that comes forth from its mother’s womb
   with its flesh half consumed.”
Then Moses cried to the LORD, “Please, not this! Pray, heal her!”

Responsorial Psalm
51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13

R. :

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
   in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
   and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense;
   and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned;
   and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

That you may be justified in your sentence,
   vindicated when you condemn.
Indeed, in guilt was I born,
   and in sin my mother conceived me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
   and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not off from your presence,
   and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Year 2

First Reading
Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22

Because of your numerous sins, I have done this to you. See! I will restore the tents of Jacob.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
   For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
   Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

      For thus says the LORD:
   Incurable is your wound,
      grievous your bruise;
   There is none to plead your cause,
      no remedy for your running sore,
      no healing for you.
   All your lovers have forgotten you,
      they do not seek you.
   I struck you as an enemy would strike,
      punished you cruelly;
   Why cry out over your wound?
      your pain is without relief.
   Because of your great guilt,
      your numerous sins,
      I have done this to you.

      Thus says the LORD:
   See!  I will restore the tents of Jacob,
      his dwellings I will pity;
   City shall be rebuilt upon hill,
      and palace restored as it was.
   From them will resound songs of praise,
      the laughter of happy men.
   I will make them not few, but many;
      they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.
   His sons shall be as of old,
      his assembly before me shall stand firm;
      I will punish all his oppressors.
   His leader shall be one of his own,
      and his rulers shall come from his kin.
   When I summon him, he shall approach me;
      how else should one take the deadly risk
      of approaching me? says the LORD.
   You shall be my people,
      and I will be your God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23

R. :

R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
   and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
   and not despised their prayer.

R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Let this be written for the generation to come,
   and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
   from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
   to release those doomed to die.”

R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

The children of your servants shall abide,
   and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
That the name of the LORD may be declared on Zion;
   and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together
   and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Jn 1:49b

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 14:22-36

Command me to come to you on the water.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
   and precede him to the other side of the sea,
   while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
   was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
   he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
   “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
   and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
   and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
   “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him,
   they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick
   and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
   and as many as touched it were healed.

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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