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12/02/2023 Day 43

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A
Readings and Antiphons on p. 327 of the Sunday Missal and on p 821 of the Daily Missal.


Entrance Antiphon.

Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.


First Reading: Sirach 15:15-20

A reading from the Book of Sirach.

If you will, you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live.
He has placed before you fire and water:
stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.
Before a person are life and death, good and evil,
and whichever they choose will be given to them.
For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power and sees everything.
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
and he knows every deed of man.
He has not commanded anyone to be ungodly,
and he has not given anyone permission to sin.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:1-2.4-5.17-18.33-34 (R. 1b)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his decrees!
With all their hearts they seek him.

You have laid down your precepts
to be carefully kept.
May my ways be firm
in keeping your statutes.

Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
the wonders of your law.

Lord, teach me the way of your statutes,
and I will keep them to the end.
Grant me insight that I may keep your law,
and observe it wholeheartedly.

R/. Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers and sisters:

Among the mature, we do impart wisdom,
although it is not a wisdom of this age
or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God,
which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
None of the rulers of this age understood this;
for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him,”

God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches everything,
even the depths of God.

The Word of the Lord.



Alleluia, Alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.


Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time:
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Do not think that I have come to abolish
the law and the prophets;
I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
For truly, I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away,
not an iota, not a dot,
will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments
and teaches people so,
shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but the one who does them and teaches them
shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I tell you,
unless your righteousness exceeds
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to the people of old,
‘You shall not kill,
and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’
But I say to you
that everyone who is angry with his brother
shall be liable to judgment;
whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council,
and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar,
and there remember
that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar and go;
first be reconciled to your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Make friends quickly with your accuser,
while you are going with them to court,
lest your accuser hand you over to the judge,
and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison;
truly, I say to you,
you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said,
‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
pluck it out and throw it away;
it is better that you lose one of your members
than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away;
it is better that you lose one of your members
than that your whole body go into hell.

“It was also said,
‘Whoever divorces his wife,
let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife,
except on the ground of unchastity,
makes her an adulteress;
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old,
‘You shall not swear falsely,
but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’
But I say to you, Do not swear at all,
either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
or by the earth, for it is his footstool,
or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
And do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;
anything more than this comes from Evil One.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Communion Antiphon.

They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.

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