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27/07/2023 Day 208

Thursday, 16th Week of Ordinary Time, Year I
Antiphons on p 1065 and Readings on p.1081 of Daily Missal

First Reading: Exodus 19: 1-2, 9-11, 16-20b

A reading from the book of Exodus

On the third new moon after the people of Israel
had gone forth out of the land of Egypt,
on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.
And when they set out from Rephidim
and came into the wilderness of Sinai,
they encamped in the wilderness;
and there Israel encamped before the mountain.
And the Lord said to Moses,
“Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud,
that the people may hear when I speak with you,
and may also believe you for ever.”

Then Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Moses,
“Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow,
and let them wash their garments,
and be ready by the third day;
for on the third day
the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai
in the sight of all the people.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mountain,
and a very loud trumpet blast,
so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God;
and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
And Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke,
because the Lord descended upon it in fire;
and the smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln,
and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder,
Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.
And the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai,
to the top of the mountain;
and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial psalm: Daniel 3: 29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34

R/.  You are to be praised and highly exalted forever!

Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our fathers,
and to be praised and highly exalted forever;
And blessed is your glorious, holy name
and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever.

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory
and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever.

Blessed are you upon the throne of your kingdom
and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever.

Blessed are you, who sit upon cherubim and look upon the deeps,
and to be praised and highly exalted for ever.

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven
and to be sung and glorified for ever.

R/.  You are to be praised and highly exalted forever!


Gospel acclamation: Matthew 11:25
Alleluia, Alleluia.
 Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 13:10-17

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
The disciples came and said to Jesus,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
And he answered them,
“To you it has been given to know the secrets
of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been given.
For to him who has will more be given,
and he will have abundance;
but from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables,
because seeing they do not see,
and hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.
With them indeed is fulfilled
the prophecy of Isaiah which says:
‘You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, for they see,
and your ears, for they hear.
Truly, I say to you,
many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see, and did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Communion Antiphon: Ps 110:4-5
The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, has made a memorial of his wonders; he gives food to those who fear him.


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