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08/03/2023 Day 67

Wednesday, Second Week of Lent.
Readings and Antiphons on p. 232 of the Daily Missal.



First Reading: Jeremiah 18: 18-20

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah.

They said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah,
for the law shall not perish from the priest,
nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet.
Come, let us strike him with the tongue,
and let us not heed any of his words.”
Give heed to me, O Lord,
and listen to my plea.
Is evil a recompense for good?
Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
to speak good for them,
to turn away your wrath from them.

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31:5-6.14.15-16 (R. see 17b)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Save me, O Lord, in your merciful love.

Release me from the snare they have hidden,
for you indeed are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.

I have heard the slander of the crowd;
terror all around me,
as they plot together against me,
as they plan to take my life.

But as for me, I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.
My lot is in your hands, deliver me
from the hands of my enemies
and those who pursue me.

R/. Save me, O Lord, in your merciful love.


Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
he who follows me will have the light of life.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.


Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time:
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the twelve disciples aside,
and on the way, he said to them,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem;
and the Son of man will be delivered
to the chief priests and scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and deliver him to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee
came up to him, with her sons,
and kneeling before him she asked him for something.

And he said to her, “What do you want?”

She said to him,
“Command that these two sons of mine may sit,
one at your right hand and one at your left,
in your kingdom.”
But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking.
Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?”

They said to him, “We are able.”

He said to them, “You will drink my chalice,
but to sit at my right hand and at my left
is not mine to grant,
but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

And when the ten heard it,
they were indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus called them to him and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their great men exercise authority over them.
It shall not be so among you,
but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
and whoever would be first among you must be your slave;
even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


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