Readings for 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

First Reading
Ex 19:2-6a

You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

In those days, the Israelites came to the desert of Sinai and pitched camp.
While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain,
   Moses went up the mountain to God.
Then the LORD called to him and said,
   “Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob;
   tell the Israelites:
   You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians
   and how I bore you up on eagle wings
   and brought you here to myself.
Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant,
   you shall be my special possession,
   dearer to me than all other people,
   though all the earth is mine.
You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5

R. :

℟. (3c) We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
   serve the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful song.

℟. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

Know that the LORD is God;
   he made us, his we are;
   his people, the flock he tends.

℟. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

The LORD is good:
   his kindness endures forever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

℟. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

Second Reading
Rom 5:6-11

If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more will we be saved by his life.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Christ, while we were still helpless,
   yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
   though perhaps for a good person
   one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
   in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood,
   will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
   we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
   how much more, once reconciled,
   will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
   but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
   through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Mk 1:15

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent and believe in the Gospel.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 9:36—10:8

Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and sent them out.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ heart was moved with pity for them
   because they were troubled and abandoned,
   like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
   “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
   so ask the master of the harvest
   to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his twelve disciples
   and gave them authority over unclean spirits
   to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the twelve apostles are these:
   first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
   James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
   Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
   James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
   Simon from Cana, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus,
   “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

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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