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30/07/2023 Day 211

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A
Antiphons and Readings on p.1089 of Daily Missal and p.366 of Sunday Missal

Entrance Antiphon
God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5.7-12

A reading from the first Book of Kings

In those days:
At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night;
and God said,
“Ask what I shall give you.”
And Solomon said,
“O Lord my God,
you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child;
I do not know how to go out or come in.
And your servant is in the midst of your people
whom you have chosen, a great people,
that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind
to govern your people,
that I may discern between good and evil;
for who is able to govern this thy great people of yours?”
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
And God said to him,
“Because you have asked this,
and have not asked for yourself long life
or riches or the life of your enemies,
but have asked for yourself understanding
to discern what is right,
behold, I now do according to your word.
Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind,
so that none like you has been before you
and none like you shall arise after you.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial psalm: Psalm 119:57,72.76-77.127-128.129-130

R/: O Lord, how I love your law.

I have said, “O Lord, my portion

is to obey your words.”

The law from your mouth means more to me

than large quantities of silver and gold.

Let your merciful love console me

by your promise to your servant.

Show me compassion, that I may live,

for your law is my delight.

That is why I love your commands

more than finest gold,

why I rule my life by your precepts,

and hate false ways.

Your decrees are wonderful indeed;

therefore my soul obeys them.

The unfolding of your word gives light,

and understanding to the simple.

R/: O Lord, how I love your law.

Second reading: Romans 8:28-30

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
We know that in everything
God works for good with those who love him,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those whom he foreknew
he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,
in order that he might be the first-born
among many brothers and sisters.
And those whom he predestined he also called;
and those whom he called he also justified;
and those whom he justified he also glorified.

The word of the Lord.


Please stand for the Gospel

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 13:44-52

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to the crowds,
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,
which a man found and covered up;
then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has
and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net
which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full,
men drew it ashore
and sat down and sorted the good into vessels
but threw away the bad.
So it will be at the close of the age.
The angels will come out and separate
the evil from the righteous,
and throw them into the furnace of fire;
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Have you understood all this?”
They said to him, “Yes.”
And he said to them,
“Therefore every scribe who has been trained
for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder
who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


Communion Antiphon
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits.



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