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25/06/2023 Day 176

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A
Readings and Antiphons on p. 963 of the Daily Missal and p. 348 of the Sunday Missal .

Entrance Antiphon.

The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them forever.

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah said:
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 your vengeance upon them,
for to you 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 69:7-9.13 & 16.32-34 (R. 13c)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. In your great mercy, answer me, O Lord.

It is for you that I suffer taunts,
that shame has covered my face.
To my own kin, I have become an outcast,
a stranger to the children of my mother.
Zeal for your house consumes me,
and taunts against you fall on me.

But I pray to you, O Lord,
for a time of your favour.
In your great mercy, answer me, O God,
with your salvation that never fails.
Lord, answer, for your mercy is kind;
in your great compassion, turn towards me.

The poor when they see it will be glad,
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy,
and does not spurn his own in their chains.
Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,
the seas and everything that moves in them.

R/. In your great mercy, answer me, O Lord.

Second Reading: Romans 5:12-15

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

Brothers and sisters:
As sin came into the world through
one person and death through sin,
and so death spread to all people
because all people sinned—
sin indeed was in the world before the law was given,
but sin is not counted where there is no law.
Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those whose sins
were not like the transgression of Adam,
who was a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass.
For if many died through one person’s trespass,
much more have the grace of God
and the free gift in the grace of that one man
Jesus Christ abounded for many.

The Word of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will bear witness to me, says the Lord; and you also are witnesses.
Alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time:
Jesus said to his apostles,
“Have no fear of them;
for nothing is covered that will not be revealed,
or hidden that will not be known.
What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light;
and what you hear whispered,
proclaim upon the housetops.
And do not fear those who
kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
And not one of them will fall to the ground
without your Father’s will.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, therefore;
you are of more value than many sparrows.
So everyone who acknowledges me before people,
I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
but whoever denies me before people,
I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.

The eyes of all look to you, Lord, and you give them their food in due season.

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