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09/03/2023 Day 68

Thursday, Second Week of Lent
Antiphons and Readings on p.234 of Daily Missal



First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-10

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in people
and makes flesh their arm,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
They are like a shrub in the desert
and shall not see any good come.
They shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They are like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately corrupt;
who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the mind and try the heart,
to give every person according to their ways,
according to the fruit of his doings.”

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2.3.4 & 6 (Psalm 40:5ab)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm

R/. Blessed the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

Blessed indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the path with sinners,
nor abides in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord,
and who ponders his law day and night.

He is like a tree that is planted
besides the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.

Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they, like winnowed chaff,
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord knows the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

R/. Blessed the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.


Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Blessed are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.



Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time:
Jesus said to the Pharisees,
“There was a rich man,
who was clothed in purple and fine linen
and who feasted sumptuously every day.
And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores,
who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.
The poor man died
and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man also died and was buried;
and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes,
and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me,
and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water
and cool my tongue;
for I am in anguish in this flame.’

But Abraham said, ‘Son,
remember that you in your lifetime received your good things,
and Lazarus in like manner evil things;
but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
And besides all this,
between us and you a great chasm has been fixed,
in order that those who would pass from here to you
may not be able,
and none may cross from there to us.’

And he said, ‘Then I beg you father,
to send him to my father’s house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them,
lest they also come into this place of torment.’

But Abraham said,
‘They have Moses and the prophets;
let them hear them.’
And he said, ‘No, father Abraham;
but if someone goes to them from the dead,
they will repent.’

He said to him,
‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be convinced
if someone should rise from the dead.’”

The Gospel of the Lord


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