Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021
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Wednesday of 25th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
A reading from the book of Ezra 9:5-9
Theme; God has not forgotten us in our slavery.
At the evening sacrifice I came out of my stupor and falling on my knees, with my garment and cloak torn, I stretched out my hands to the Lord my God, and said:
‘My God, I am ashamed, I blush to lift my face to you, my God. For our crimes have increased, until they are higher than our heads, and our sin has piled up to heaven. From the days of our ancestors until now our guilt has been great; on account of our crimes we, our kings and our priests, were given into the power of the kings of other countries, given to the sword, to captivity, to pillage and to shame, as is the case today. But now, suddenly, the Lord our God by his favour has left us a remnant and granted us a refuge in his holy place; this is how our God has cheered our eyes and given us a little respite in our slavery. For we are slaves; but God has not forgotten us in our slavery; he has shown us kindness in the eyes of the kings of Persia, obtaining permission for us to rebuild the Temple of our God and restore its ruins, and he has found us safety and shelter in Judah and in Jerusalem.’
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Tob 13
Response Blessed be God who lives forever.
1. God punishes, he also has mercy,
he leads men to the depths of the grave,
he restores them from the great destruction.
No man can escape his hand. Response
2. It is he who scattered us among the nations.
Among them must we show forth his greatness
and exalt him in the presence of all living;
for he is our Lord and our God,
our Father and our God for ever. Response
3. Now think what he has done for you,
give thanks to him with all your voice.
Give praise to the Lord for his justice
and exalt the king of all ages. Response
4. In this land of exile I will thank him,
and show forth his greatness and might
to the race of sinful men. Response
5. Sinners, come back to him,
do what is right before him.
Who knows but he will receive you with pity?’
Gospel Acclamation Col 3: 16
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you;
through him give thanks to God the Father.
Or Mk 1: 15
The kingdom of God is close at hand, repent and believe the Good News.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 9:1-8 Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: Jesus sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
He said to them,
‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there.
As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’
So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Wednesday, Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 9:1-6
In today’s gospel reading Jesus sends out the twelve whom he had earlier chosen to share in his mission. In the very next chapter of his gospel Luke reports that Jesus called and sent out a further seventy two to share in his mission, and in that context Jesus says to the seventy two, ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest’. It seems that not only are twelve not enough, but seventy two are not enough either. Prayers have to be made imploring God to keep sending labourers into the harvest.
More than any other evangelist, Luke emphasizes that sharing in the Lord’s work, continuing the Lord’s mission, is not the preserve of a select few. All of us are called to do the Lord’s work, to do some labouring in the Lord’s plentiful harvest. What that might mean for any one of us is something we have to try and discern with the Lord’s help. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus not only sent out the twelve, he also gave them power. In sending them, he empowered them. If we respond to the Lord’s call to work in his harvest, we can be assured that the Lord will also empower us for the work he is calling us to do.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/