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18/11/2021 Day 322

1 Maccabees 2:15-29; Luke 19:41-44

Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
Readings on p. 1475 and Antiphons on p. 1458 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

The Lord said; I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place.


First Reading: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29

A reading from the Book of Maccabees.

In those days:
The king’s officers who were enforcing the apostasy
came to the city of Modein to make them offer sacrifice.
Many from Israel came to them,
and Mattathias and his sons were assembled.
Then the king’s officers spoke to Mattathias as follows:
“You are a leader,
honoured and great in this city,
and supported by sons and brothers.
Now be the first to come and do what the king commands,
as all the Gentiles
and the people of Judah
and those that are left in Jerusalem have done.
Then you and your sons
will be numbered among the friends of the king,
and you and your sons will be honoured
with silver and gold and many gifts.”

But Mattathias answered and said in a loud voice:
“Even if all the nations
that live under the rule of the king
obey him, and have chosen to do his commandments,
departing each one from the religion of his ancestors,
yet I and my sons and my brothers
will live by the covenant of our ancestors.
Far be it from us to desert the law and the ordinances.
We will not obey the king’s words
by turning aside from our religion
to the right hand or to the left.”

When he had finished speaking these words,
a Jew came forward in the sight of all
to offer sacrifice upon the altar in Modein,
according to the king’s command.
When Mattathias saw it,
he burned with zeal and his heart was stirred.
He gave vent to righteous anger;
he ran and killed him upon the altar.
At the same time he killed the king’s officer
who was forcing them to sacrifice,
and he tore down the altar.
Thus he burned with zeal for the law,
as Phinehas did against Zimri the son of Salu.

Then Mattathias cried out in the city with a loud voice,
saying: “Let everyone who is zealous for the law
and supports the covenant come out with me!”
And he and his sons fled to the hills
and left all that they had in the city.

Then many who were seeking righteousness and justice
went down to the wilderness to dwell there.

The Word of the Lord.







Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 50:1-2.5-6.14-15

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. To one whose way is blameless,
I will show the salvation of God.

“The God of gods, the Lord,
has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Sion, the perfection of beauty,
God is shining forth.”

“Gather my holy ones to me,
who made covenant with me by sacrifice.”
The heavens proclaim his justice,
for he, God, is the judge.

“Give your praise as a sacrifice to God,
and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
Then call on me in the day of distress.
I will deliver you and you shall honour me.”

R/. To one whose way is blameless,
I will show the salvation of God.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.



Gospel: Luke 19:41-44

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

At that time:
When Jesus drew near and saw the city
he wept over it, saying,
“Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.
For the days shall come upon you
when your enemies will cast up a bank about you
and surround you,
and hem you in on every side,
and dash you to the ground,
you and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another in you;
because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.

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