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Sat 28 July

Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

Jeremiah 7:1-11

Reform your behaviour and I will stay here with you, says the Lord

The word that was addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord, ‘Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of the Lord and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who come in by these gates to worship the Lord. The Lord Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord! But if you do amend your behaviour and your actions, if you treat each other fairly, if you do not exploit the stranger, the orphan and the widow (if you do not shed innocent blood in this place), and if you do not follow alien gods, to your own ruin, then here in this place I will stay with you, in the land that long ago I gave to your fathers for ever. Yet here you are, trusting in delusive words, to no purpose! Steal, would you, murder, commit adultery, perjure yourselves, burn incense to Baal, follow alien gods that you do not know? – and then come presenting yourselves in this Temple that bears my name, saying: Now we are safe – safe to go on committing all these abominations! Do you take this Temple that bears my name for a robbers’ den? I, at any rate, am not blind – it is the Lord who speaks.”’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 83(84):3-6,8,11

My soul is longing and yearning,
 is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
 to God, the living God.

The sparrow herself finds a home
 and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
 Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

They are happy, who dwell in your house,
 for ever singing your praise.
They walk with ever-growing strength,
 they will see the God of gods in Zion.

One day within your courts
 is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
 I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.

Gospel

Matthew 13:24-30-

Let them both grow till the harvest

Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’


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Fri 27 July

Friday of week 16 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Jeremiah 3:14-17

Come back, my disloyal children

Come back, disloyal children – it is the Lord who speaks – for I alone am your Master. I will take one from a town, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will give you shepherds after my own heart, and these shall feed you on knowledge and discretion. And when you have increased and become many in the land, then – it is the Lord who speaks – no one will ever say again: Where is the ark of the covenant of the Lord? There will be no thought of it, no memory of it, no regret for it, no making of another. When that time comes, Jerusalem shall be called: The Throne of the Lord; all the nations will gather there in the name of the Lord and will no longer follow the dictates of their own stubborn hearts.

Psalm or canticle

Jeremiah 31:10-13

O nations, hear the word of the Lord,
 proclaim it to the far-off coasts.
Say: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him
 and guard him as a shepherd guards his flock.’

For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
 has saved him from an overpowering hand.
They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion,
 they will stream to the blessings of the Lord.

Then the young girls will rejoice and dance,
 the men, young and old, will be glad.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
 I will console them, give gladness for grief.

Gospel

Matthew 13:18-23

The man who hears the word and understands it yields a rich harvest

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are to hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Thu 26 July

Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

Ecclesiasticus 44:1,10-15

Their name lives on for all generations

Let us praise illustrious men,
 our ancestors in their successive generations.
Here is a list of generous men
 whose good works have not been forgotten.
In their descendants there remains
 a rich inheritance born of them.
Their descendants stand by the covenants
 and, thanks to them, so do their children’s children.
Their offspring will last for ever,
 their glory will not fade.
Their bodies have been buried in peace,
 and their name lives on for all generations.
The peoples will proclaim their wisdom,
 the assembly will celebrate their praises.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 131(132):11,13-14,17-18

The Lord swore an oath to David;
 he will not go back on this word:
‘A son, the fruit of your body,
 will I set upon your throne.’

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
 he has desired it for his dwelling:
‘This is my resting-place for ever;
 here have I chosen to live.

‘There David’s stock will flower;
 I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.
I will cover his enemies with shame
 but on him my crown shall shine.’

Gospel

Matthew 13:16-17

Prophets and holy men longed to hear what you hear

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Wed 25 July

Saint James, Apostle

First reading

2 Corinthians 4:7-15

Such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us

We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. We are in difficulties on all sides, but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been persecuted, but never deserted; knocked down, but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may always be seen in our body. Indeed, while we are still alive, we are consigned to our death every day, for the sake of Jesus, so that in our mortal flesh the life of Jesus, too, may be openly shown. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
But as we have the same spirit of faith that is mentioned in scripture – I believed, and therefore I spoke – we too believe and therefore we too speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by his side and you with us. You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 125(126):1-6

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
 it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
 on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels
 the Lord worked for them!’
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
 Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
 as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
 will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
 carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
 carrying their sheaves.

Gospel

Matthew 20:20-28

'Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?'

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus answered. ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ ‘Very well,’ he said ‘you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’
When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’


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Tue 24 July

Tuesday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest

First reading

Micah 7:14-15,18-20

Have pity on us one more time

With shepherd’s crook, O Lord, lead your people to pasture,
the flock that is your heritage,
living confined in a forest
with meadow land all around.
Let them pasture in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out of Egypt
grant us to see wonders.

What god can compare with you: taking fault away,
pardoning crime,
not cherishing anger for ever
but delighting in showing mercy?
Once more have pity on us,
tread down our faults,
to the bottom of the sea
throw all our sins.
Grant Jacob your faithfulness,
and Abraham your mercy,
as you swore to our fathers
from the days of long ago.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 84(85):2-8

O Lord, you once favoured your land
 and revived the fortunes of Jacob,
you forgave the guilt of your people
 and covered all their sins.
You averted all your rage,
 you calmed the heat of your anger.

Revive us now, God, our helper!
 Put an end to your grievance against us.
Will you be angry with us for ever,
 will your anger never cease?

Will you not restore again our life
 that your people may rejoice in you?
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
 and give us your saving help.

Gospel

Matthew 12:46-50

My mother and my brothers are anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven

Jesus was speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’ And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Mon 23 July

Monday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious

First reading

Micah 6:1-4,6-8

The Lord asks only this: to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly

Listen to what the Lord is saying:
Stand up and let the case begin in the hearing of the mountains
 and let the hills hear what you say.
Listen, you mountains, to the Lord’s accusation,
 give ear, you foundations of the earth,
for the Lord is accusing his people,
 pleading against Israel:
My people, what have I done to you,
 how have I been a burden to you? Answer me.
I brought you out of the land of Egypt,
 I rescued you from the house of slavery;
I sent Moses to lead you,
 with Aaron and Miriam.


– ‘With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence
 and bow down before God on high?
Shall I come with holocausts,
 with calves one year old?
Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand,
 with libations of oil in torrents?
Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong,
 the fruit of my body for my own sin?’

– What is good has been explained to you, man;
 this is what the Lord asks of you:
only this, to act justly,
 to love tenderly
 and to walk humbly with your God.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 49(50):5-6,8-9,16-17,21,23

‘Summon before me my people
 who made covenant with me by sacrifice.’
The heavens proclaim his justice,
 for he, God, is the judge.

‘I find no fault with your sacrifices,
 your offerings are always before me.
I do not ask more bullocks from your farms,
 nor goats from among your herds.

‘But how can you recite my commandments
 and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
 and throw my words to the winds,

‘You do this, and should I keep silence?
 Do you think that I am like you?
a sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
 and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.’

Gospel

Matthew 12:38-42

There is something greater than Solomon here

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.’


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Sun 22 July

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Jeremiah 23:1-6

I will gather together the remnant of my flock and raise up shepherds for them

‘Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them.
Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds – it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost – it is the Lord who speaks!
‘See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks –
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
The-Lord-our-integrity.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 22(23)

The Lord is my shepherd;
 there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
 where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
 to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path;
 he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
 no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
 with these you give me comfort.

You have prepared a banquet for me
 in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
 my cup is overflowing.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
 all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
 for ever and ever.

Second reading

Ephesians 2:13-18

Christ Jesus is the peace between us

In Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God: in his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.

Gospel

Mark 6:30-34

They were like sheep without a shepherd

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could

Sat 21 July

Saturday of week 15 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Laurence of Brindisi, Priest, Doctor , or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

Micah 2:1-5

The plotters of evil will not escape

Woe to those who plot evil,
who lie in bed planning mischief!
No sooner is it dawn than they do it
– their hands have the strength for it.
Seizing the fields that they covet,
they take over houses as well,
owner and house they confiscate together,
taking both man and inheritance.
So the Lord says this:
Now it is I who plot
such mischief against this breed
as your necks will not escape;
nor will you be able to walk proudly,
so evil will the time be.
On that day they will make a satire on you,
sing a dirge and say,
‘We are stripped of everything;
my people’s portion is measured out and shared,
no one will give it back to them,
our fields are awarded to our despoiler.’

Therefore you will have no one
to measure out a share
in the community of the Lord.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 9B(10):1-4,7-8,14

Lord, why do you stand afar off
 and hide yourself in times of distress?
The poor man is devoured by the pride of the wicked:
 he is caught in the schemes that others have made.

For the wicked man boasts of his heart’s desires;
 the covetous blasphemes and spurns the Lord.
In his pride the wicked says: ‘He will not punish.
 There is no God.’ Such are his thoughts.

His mouth is full of cursing, guile, oppression,
 mischief and deceit under his tongue.
He lies in wait among the reeds;
 the innocent he murders in secret.

His eyes are on the watch for the helpless man.
But you have seen the trouble and sorrow,
 you note it, you take it in hand.
The helpless trusts himself to you;
 for you are the helper of the orphan.

Gospel

Matthew 12:14-21

He cured them all but warned them not to make him known

The Pharisees went out and began to plot against Jesus, discussing how to destroy him.
Jesus knew this and withdrew from the district. Many followed him and he cured them all, but warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah:
Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved, the favourite of my soul.
I will endow him with my spirit,
and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.
He will not brawl or shout,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break the crushed reed,
nor put out the smouldering wick
till he has led the truth to victory:
in his name the nations will put their hope.


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Fri 20 July

Friday of week 15 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr

First reading

Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8

The Lord hears Hezekiah's prayer and heals him

Hezekiah fell ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, ‘The Lord says this, “Put your affairs in order, for you are going to die, you will not live.”’ Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and addressed this prayer to the Lord, ‘Ah, Lord, remember, I beg you, how I have behaved faithfully and with sincerity of heart in your presence and done what is right in your eyes.’ And Hezekiah shed many tears.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, ‘Go and say to Hezekiah, “The Lord, the God of David your ancestor, says this: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will cure you: in three days’ time you shall go up to the Temple of the Lord.” I will add fifteen years to your life. I will save you from the hands of the king of Assyria, I will protect this city.”’
‘Bring a fig poultice,’ Isaiah said, ‘apply it to the ulcer and he will recover.’ Hezekiah said, ‘What is the sign to tell me that I shall be going up to the Temple of the Lord?’ ‘Here’ Isaiah replied’’ ‘is the sign from the Lord that he will do what he has said. Look, I shall make the shadow cast by the declining sun go back ten steps on the steps of Ahaz.’ And the sun went back the ten steps by which it had declined.

Psalm or canticle

Isaiah 38:10-12,16

The canticle of Hezekiah

I said, ‘So I must go away,
 my life half spent,
assigned to the world below
 for the rest of my years.’

I said, ‘No more shall I see the Lord
 in the land of the living,
no more shall I look upon men
 within this world.

‘My home is pulled up and removed
 like a shepherd’s tent.
Like a weaver you have rolled up my life,
 you cut it from the loom.

‘For you, Lord, my heart will live,
 you gave me back my spirit;
you cured me, kept me alive,
 changed my sickness into health.’

Gospel

Matthew 12:1-8

The Son of Man is master of the sabbath

Jesus took a walk one sabbath day through the cornfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick ears of corn and eat them. The Pharisees noticed it and said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing something that is forbidden on the sabbath.’ But he said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he and his followers were hungry – how he went into the house of God and how they ate the loaves of offering which neither he nor his followers were allowed to eat, but which were for the priests alone? Or again, have you not read in the Law that on the sabbath day the Temple priests break the sabbath without being blamed for it? Now here, I tell you, is something greater than the Temple. And if you had understood the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of Man is master of the sabbath.’


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Thu 19 July

Thursday of week 15 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19

'Awake and exult, all you who lie in the dust'

The path of the upright man is straight,
you smooth the way of the upright.
Following the path of your judgements,
we hoped in you, O Lord,
your name, your memory are all my soul desires.

At night my soul longs for you
and my spirit in me seeks for you;
when your judgements appear on earth
the inhabitants of the world learn the meaning of integrity.

O Lord, you are giving us peace,
since you treat us
as our deeds deserve.

Distressed, we search for you, O Lord;
the misery of oppression was your punishment for us.
As a woman with child near her time
writhes and cries out in her pangs,

so are we, O Lord, in your presence:
we have conceived, we writhe
as if we were giving birth;
we have not given the spirit of salvation to the earth,
no more inhabitants of the world are born.

Your dead will come to life,
their corpses will rise;
awake, exult,
all you who lie in the dust,
for your dew is a radiant dew
and the land of ghosts will give birth.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 101(102):13-21

You, O Lord, will endure for ever
 and your name from age to age.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion:
 for this is the time to have mercy,
for your servants love her very stones,
 are moved with pity even for her dust.

The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
 and all the earth’s kings your glory,
when the Lord shall build up Zion again
 and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
 he will not despise their prayers.

Let this be written for ages to come
 that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
 He looked down from heaven to the earth
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
 and free those condemned to die.

Gospel

Matthew 11:28-30

My yoke is easy and my burden light

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

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