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09/03/2021 Day 68

Dan 3:2.11-20; Matthew 18

Tuesday in the third Week of Lent
Readings and Antiphons on p 258 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
To you I call, for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me.


First Reading: Daniel 3:2.11-20

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

In those days:
Azariah stood and offered this prayer;
in the midst of the fire, he opened his mouth and said:

“For your name’s sake do not give us up utterly,
and do not break your covenant,
and do not withdraw your mercy from us,
for the sake of Abraham your beloved
and for the sake of Isaac your servant
and Israel your holy one,
to whom you promised
to make their descendants as many as the stars of heaven
and as the sand on the shore of the sea.
For we, O Lord, have become fewer than any nation,
and are brought low this day in all the world because of our sins.
And at this time there is no prince, or prophet, or leader,
no burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense,
no place to make an offering before you or to find mercy.
Yet with a contrite heart and a humble spirit may we be accepted
as though it were with burnt offerings of rams and bulls
and with tens of thousands of fat lambs;
such may our sacrifice be in your sight this day,
and may we wholly follow you,
for there will be no shame for those who trust in you.
And now with all our heart, we follow you;
we fear you and seek your face.
Do not put us to shame,
but deal with us in your forbearance
and in your abundant mercy.
Deliver us in accordance with your marvellous works,
and give glory to your name, O Lord!”

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5ab.6&7cd.8-9 (R. 6a)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Remember your compassion, O Lord.

O Lord, make me know your ways.
Teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.

Remember  your compassion, O Lord,
and your merciful love,
for they are from of old.
In your merciful love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
he shows the way to sinners.
He guides the humble in right judgement;
to the humble he teaches his way.

R/. Remember your compassion, O Lord.


Please stand for the Gospel

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, for I am gracious and merciful.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.




Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Peter came up and said to Jesus,
“Lord, how often shall my brother or sister sin against me,
and I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”

Jesus said to him,
“I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king
who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the reckoning,
one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
and as he could not pay,
his lord ordered him to be sold,
with his wife and children and all that he had,
and payment to be made.
So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him,
‘Lord, have patience with me,
and I will pay you everything.’

And out of pity for him,
the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
But that same servant, as he went out,
came upon one of his fellow servants
who owed him a hundred denarii;
and seizing him by the throat he said,
‘Pay what you owe.’
So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him,
‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’

He refused and went and put him in prison
till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place,
they were greatly distressed,
and they went and reported to their lord
all that had taken place.
Then his lord summoned him and said to him,
‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me;
and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant,
as I had mercy on you?’
And in anger, his lord delivered him to the jailers,
till he should pay all his debt.
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you,
if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

The Gospel of the Lord

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