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15/03/2023 Day 74

Wednesday, Third Week of Lent.
Readings and Antiphons on p.260  of the Daily Missal.


First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1.5-9

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy

Moses spoke to the people, saying,
“And now, O Israel,
give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you,
and do them; that you may live,
and go in and take possession of the land
which the Lord, the God of your ancestors, gives you.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances,
as the Lord my God commanded me,
that you should do them in the land which you are entering
to take possession of it.
Keep them and do them;
for that will be your wisdom and your understanding
in the sight of the peoples,
who, when they hear all these statutes, will say,
‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it
as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
And what great nation is there,
that has statutes and ordinances so righteous
as all this law which I set before you this day?

“Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently,
lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen,
and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life;
make them known to your children and your children’s children.”

The word of the Lord.



Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:12-13.15-16.19-20 (R. 12a)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord!

O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord!
O Sion, praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.

He sends out his word to the earth,
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow like wool;
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.

He reveals his word to Jacob;
to Israel, his decrees and judgements.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his judgements.

R/. O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord!


Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.


Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Do not think that I have come
to abolish the law and the prophets;
I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away,
not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law
until all is accomplished.
Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments
and teaches people so,
shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but he who does them and teaches them
shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Gospel of the Lord

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