Readings On The Solemnity of The Most sacred Heart of Jesus / B

First Reading
Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9

My heart is overwhelmed.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea

Thus says the LORD:
   When Israel was a child I loved him,
   out of Egypt I called my son.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
   who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
   with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
   who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
   they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,
   my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
   I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not a man,
   the Holy One present among you;
   I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm
Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

R. :

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

God indeed is my savior;
   I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
   and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
   at the fountain of salvation.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
   among the nations make known his deeds,
   proclaim how exalted is his name.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
   let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
   for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Second Reading
Eph 3:8-12, 14-19

To know the love of Christ which supasses knowledge.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters:
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
   to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
   and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
   hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
   so that the manifold wisdom of God
   might now be made known through the church
   to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
   that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
   in whom we have boldness of speech
   and confidence of access through faith in him.

For this reason I kneel before the Father,
   from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
   that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
   to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
   and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
   that you, rooted and grounded in love,
   may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
   what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
   and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
   so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Mt 11:29ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or: 1 Jn 4:10b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 19:31-37

One soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Since it was preparation day,
   in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
   for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
   the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
   and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
   and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
   they did not break his legs,
   but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
   and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
   he knows that he is speaking the truth,
   so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
   Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
   They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

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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