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February 24, 2017

Sunday Reading: THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps. 105: 3-4

Let the hearts that seek the LORD rejoice; Turn to the LORD and his strength; constantly seek his face

 

COLLECT

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord.

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Sirach 35:12c-14. 16-18b

Theme: “The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds.”

The Lord is the judge, and with him is no partiality. He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man; and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless, nor the widow when she pours out her story. He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds. The  prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord; he will not desist until the Most High visits him, and the just judge executes judgement. And the Lord will not delay, neither will he be patient with them.

The word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   34:2-3. 17-18. 19 and 23 (R. Cf. 7A)

  1. The lowly one called, and the Lord heard him.
  2. I will bless the LORD at all times, praise of him is always in my mouth. In the LORD my soul shall make its boast; the humble shall hear and be glad. R.
  3. The LORD turns his face against the wicked to destroy their remembrance from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears, and rescues them in all their distress. R.
  4. The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. The LORD ransoms the souls of his servants. All who trust in him shall not be condemned. R.
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SECOND READING

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 4:6-8. 16-18

Theme: “From now on there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.”

Beloved: I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

At my first defence no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the word fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the Lord.

 

ALLELUIA   2 Corinthians 5:19

Alleluia R. Alleluia

God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Alleluia

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 18:9-14

Theme: “The publican went down to his house justified rather than the Pharisee.”

At that time: Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’

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“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Look, we pray, O Lord, on the offerings we make to your majesty, that whatever is done by us in your service may be directed above all to your glory. Through Christ our Lord.

 

COMMUNION  OUR ANTIPHON CF. PS 20:6

We will ring out joy at your saving help, and exult in the name of our God.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

May your Sacraments, O Lord, we pray, perfect in us what lies within them, that what we now celebrate in signs we may one day posses in truth. Through Christ our Lord

 


 

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