Saturday 20th March 2021

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20/03/2021 Day 79

Jeremiah 11:18-20; John 7:40-53

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Antiphons and Readings on p.294 of Daily Missal 

Entrance Antiphon
The waves of death rose about me; the pains of the netherworld surrounded me. In my anguish I call to the Lord and from his holy temple he heard my voice.

 

First Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

The Lord made it known to me and I knew;
then you did show me their evil deeds.
But I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.
I did not know it was against me
they devised schemes, saying,
“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
that his name be remembered no more.”
But, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
who test the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 7:2-3.9bc-10.11-12 (R. 2a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm.

R/. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you.

O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you.
Save and rescue me from all my pursuers,
lest they tear me apart like a lion,
and drag me off with no one to rescue me.

Give judgement for me, O Lord,
for I am just and blameless of heart.
Put an end to the evil of the wicked!
Make the just man stand firm;
it is you who test mind and heart,
O God of justice!

God is a shield before me,
who saves the upright of heart.
God is a judge, just and powerful and patient,
not exercising anger everyday.

R/. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you.

 

Please stand for the Gospel

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Blessed are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

 

Gospel: John 7:40-53

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

At that time:
When they heard the words of Jesus,
some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
Has not the scripture said
that the Christ is descended from David,
and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
So there was a division among the people over him.
Some of them wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.
The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?”

The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”

The Pharisees answered them,
“Are you led astray, you also?
Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.”

Nicodemus, who had gone to him before,
and who was one of them, said to them,
“Does our law judge a man
without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”

They replied, “Are you from Galilee too?
Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”

They went each to his own house.

The Gospel of the Lord

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