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24/02/2021 Day 55

Jonah 3:1-10; Luke 11

Wednesday, the first Week of Lent
Readings and Antiphons on p 210 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, O God of Israel, from all our distress.


First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah

The word of the Lord came to Jonah saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city,
and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh,
according to the word of the Lord.

Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,
three days’ journey in breadth.
Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey.
And he cried,
“Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
And the people of Nineveh believed God;
they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth,
from the greatest of them to the least of them.

Then tidings reached the king of Nineveh,
and he arose from his throne, removed his robe,
and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he made proclamation and published through Nineveh,
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything;
let them not feed, or drink water,
but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth,
and let them cry mightily to God;
yes, let everyone turn from his evil way
and from the violence which is in his hands.
Who knows, God may yet repent
and turn from his fierce anger,
so that we perish not?”

When God saw what they did,
how they turned from their evil way,
God repented of the evil which he had said
he would do to them; and he did not do it.

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-4.12-13.18-19 (R. 19b)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. A broken and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your merciful love;
according to your great compassion,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me completely from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

Create a pure heart for me, O God;
renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
take not your holy spirit from me.

For in sacrifice you take no delight;
burnt offerings from me would not please you.
My sacrifice to God, a broken spirit:
a broken and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.

R/. A broken and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.


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: Luke 11:29-32

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

At that time
When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it
except the sign of Jonah.
For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh,
so will the Son of man be to this generation.
The queen of the South will arise at the judgment
with the people of this generation and condemn them;
for she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold,
something greater than Solomon is here.
The people of Nineveh
will arise at the judgment with this generation
and condemn it;
for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,
and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

The Gospel of the Lord

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