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12/07/2021 Day 193

Exodus 1:8-14.22; Matthew 10:34-11:1

Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time – Year 1
Readings on p.1047 and Antiphons on p 1039 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.

First Reading: Exodus 1:8-14.22

A reading from the Book of Exodus

In those days:
there arose a new king over Egypt,
who did not know Joseph.
And he said to his people, “Behold,
the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.
Come, let us deal shrewdly with them,
lest they multiply, and, if war befall us,
they join our enemies and fight against us
and escape from the land.”
Therefore they set taskmasters over them
to afflict them with heavy burdens;
and they built for Pharaoh store-cities,
Pithom and Ra-amses.
But the more they were oppressed,
the more they multiplied
and the more they spread abroad.
And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.
So they made the people of Israel serve with rigor,
and made their lives bitter with hard service,
in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field;
in all their work they made them serve with rigor.

Then Pharaoh commanded all his people,
“Every son that is born to the Hebrews
you shall cast into the Nile,
but you shall let every daughter live.”

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 124:1-3.4-6.7-8 (R. 8a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

“If the Lord had not been on our side,”
let Israel say—
“If the Lord had not been on our side
when people rose against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive
when their anger was kindled.

Then would the waters have engulfed us,
the torrent gone over us;
over our head would have swept
the raging waters.”
Blest be the Lord who did not give us
a prey to their teeth!

Our life, like a bird, has escaped
from the snare of the fowler.
Indeed, the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

R/. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.



Gospel: Matthew 10:34-11:1

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time: Jesus said to his apostles,
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth;
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.
He who loves father or mother more than me
is not worthy of me;
and he who loves son or daughter more than me
is not worthy of me;
and he who does not take his cross and follow me
is not worthy of me.
He who finds his life will lose it,
and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

“He who receives you receives me,
and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet
shall receive a prophet’s reward,
and he who receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives to one of these little ones
even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple,
truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples,
he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
The sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, forever singing your praise.

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