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Author: Administrator Account/Wednesday, July 27, 2016/Categories: Reading of the day

Wednesday of week 17 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Jeremiah 15:10,16-21

‘Woe is me, my mother, for you have borne me
to be a man of strife and of dissension for all the land.
I neither lend nor borrow,
yet all of them curse me.

‘When your words came, I devoured them:
your word was my delight
and the joy of my heart;
for I was called by your name,
the Lord, God of Hosts.
I never took pleasure in sitting in scoffers’ company;
with your hand on me I held myself aloof,
since you had filled me with indignation.
Why is my suffering continual,
my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Do you mean to be for me a deceptive stream
with inconstant waters?’

To which the Lord replied,
‘If you come back,
I will take you back into my service;
and if you utter noble, not despicable, thoughts,
you shall be as my own mouth.
They will come back to you,
but you must not go back to them.
I will make you
a bronze wall fortified against this people.
They will fight against you
but they will not overcome you,
because I am with you
to save you and to deliver you
– it is the Lord who speaks.
I mean to deliver you from the hands of the wicked
and redeem you from the clutches of the violent.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 58:2-5,10-11,17-18

Rescue me, God, from my foes;
 protect me from those who attack me.
O rescue me from those who do evil
 and save me from blood-thirsty men.

See, they lie in wait for my life;
 powerful men band together against me.
For no offence, no sin of mine, Lord,
 for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.

O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
 for you, O God, are my stronghold,
 the God who shows me love.

As for me, I will sing of your strength
 and each morning acclaim your love
for you have been my stronghold,
 a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,
 for you, O God, are my stronghold,
 the God who shows me love.


Matthew 13:44-46

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’

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