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24/06/2022 Day 175

Friday, 24 June 2022

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Cycle C
Readings on p. 1531 and Antiphons on p. 1525 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

The designs of his heart are from age to age, to rescue their souls from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel.
Thus says the Lord God: 
Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, 
and will seek them out. 
As a shepherd seeks out his flock 
when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, 
so will I seek out my sheep; 
and I will rescue them from all places 
where they have been scattered 
on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 
And I will bring them out from the peoples, 
and gather them from the countries, 
and will bring them into their own land; 
and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, 
by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

I will feed them with good pasture, 
and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; 
there they shall lie down in good grazing land, 
and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, 
and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 
I will seek the lost, 
and I will bring back the strayed, 
and I will bind up the crippled, 
and I will strengthen the weak, 
and the fat and the strong I will watch over; 
I will feed them in justice.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a.3b-4.5.6 (R. 1)
Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:
R/. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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;
he revives my soul.

He guides me along the right path,
for the sake of his name.
Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
no evil would I fear, for you are with me.
Your crook and your staff will give me comfort.

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

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

R/. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.



Second Reading: Romans 5:5b-11
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.
Brothers and sisters:
God’s love has been poured into our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
While we were yet helpless, 
at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 
Why, one will hardly die for a righteous person—
though perhaps for a good person 
one will dare even to die. 
But God shows his love for us 
in that while we were yet sinners 
Christ died for us. 
Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, 
much more shall we be saved by him 
from the wrath of God. 
For if while we were enemies 
we were reconciled to God 
by the death of his Son, 
much more, now that we are reconciled, 
shall we be saved by his life. 
Not only so, 
but we also rejoice in God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
The Word of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel.
Alleluia, Alleluia.

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.

Gospel: Luke 15:3-7
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that time: 
Jesus told the Pharisees and the scribes this parable: 
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, 
if he has lost one of them, 
does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, 
and go after the one which is lost, 
until he finds it? 
And when he has found it, 
he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 
And when he comes home, 
he calls together his friends and his neighbours, 
saying to them, 
‘Rejoice with me, 
for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ 
Just so, I tell you, 
there will be more joy in heaven 
over one sinner who repents 
than over ninety-nine righteous persons 
who need no repentance.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.

Thus says the Lord: Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink. Streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in me.

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