Readings For Saturday 20th Week In Ordinary Time

First Reading
Ez 43:1-7ab

The glory of God entered the temple.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,
   and there I saw the glory of the God of Israel
   coming from the east.
I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,
   and the earth shone with his glory.
The vision was like that which I had seen
   when he came to destroy the city,
   and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.
I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the temple
   by way of the gate which faces the east,
   but spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court.
And I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the Lord.
Then I heard someone speaking to me from the temple,
   while the man stood beside me.
The voice said to me:
   Son of man, this is where my throne shall be,
   this is where I will set the soles of my feet;
   here I will dwell among the children of Israel forever.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps. 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14

R. :

R. (see 10b) The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

I will hear what God proclaims;
   the LORD—for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
   glory dwelling in our land.

R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
   justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
   and justice shall look down from heaven.

R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
   our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
   and salvation, along the way of his steps.

R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 23:9b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You have one Father in heaven;
you have but one master, the Christ.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 23:1-12

They preach but they do not practice.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
   “The scribes and the Pharisees
   have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
   but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
   and lay them on people’s shoulders,
   but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
   greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
   you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
   you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
   but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

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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