Friday, 26th March 2021

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26/03/2021 Day 85

Jeremiah 20:10-13; John 10:31-42

Friday in the fifth Week of Lent
Readings and Antiphons on p 320 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you.

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

I hear many whispering.
Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
say all my familiar friends,
watching for my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived,
then we can overcome him,|
and take our revenge on him.”
But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble,
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonour
will never be forgotten.
O Lord of hosts, who test the righteous,
who see the heart and the mind,
let me see thy vengeance upon them,
for to thee have I committed my cause.
Sing to the Lord;
praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 18:1-2a.2bc-3.4-5.6 (R. see 6)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. In my anguish I called to the Lord, and he heard me.

I love you, Lord my strength,
O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my saviour.

My God, my rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold.
I cry our “Praise be the Lord!”
and see, I am saved from my foes.

The waves of death rose about me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the snares of the grave surrounded me;
the traps of death confronted me.

In my anguish I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry to him reached his ears.

R/. In my anguish I called to the Lord, and he heard me.

 

Please stand for the Gospel

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

Gospel: John 10:31-42

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

At that time:
The Jews took up stones again to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
“I have shown you many good works from the Father;
for which of these do you stone me?”

The Jews answered him,
“We stone you for no good work but for blasphemy;
because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law,
‘I said, you are gods’?
If he called them gods to whom the word of God came
(and scripture cannot be nullified),
do you say of him whom the Father consecrated
and sent into the world,
‘You are blaspheming,’
because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I am not doing the works of my Father,
then do not believe me;
but if I do them,
even though you do not believe me, believe the works,
that you may know and understand that
the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Again they tried to arrest him,
but he escaped from their hands.

He went away again across the Jordan
to the place where John at first baptized,
and there he remained.
And many came to him;
and they said, “John did no sign,
but everything that John said about this man was true.”
And many believed in him there.

The Gospel of the Lord

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