FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah               Zephaniah2:3; 3:12-13                             

Theme of the reading: ‘I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly.’ .

Seek the LORD, all humble of the land, who do his commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the wrath of the LORD.

‘For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD, those who are left in Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall pasture and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.’ 

This is the word of God                                                                 

Thanks be to God.                                                            

               

Responsorial Psalm     Psalm 146: 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10        

(R. see Isaiah 35:4 ) Come, Lord and save us .

It is the LORD who preserves fidelity for ever,

Who does justice to those who are oppressed.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry,

The LORD who sets prisoners free.

Come, Lord and save us.

It is the LORD who opens the eyes of the blind,

The LORD who raises up those who are bowed down.

It is the LORD who loves the just,

The LORD who protects the stranger.

Come, Lord and save us.

The LORD upholds the orphan and the widow,

But thwarts the path of the wicked.

The LORD will reign for ever,

The God of Sion from age to age.

Come, Lord and save us.

 

Second Reading                

A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 

1 Corinthians 1: 26-31

Theme of the reading:‘God chose what is weak in the world.’’

Consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to the fresh, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no flesh might boast in the presence of God.

He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.’’ 

This is the word of God                  

Thanks be to God.                                             

                             

Alleluia; Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven..………….Alleluia.

                                                                   

The Lord be with you.  

All And with your Spirit

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew        Matthew 5: 1-12a

 All:  Glory to you, O Lord.

Theme of the Gospel: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit.’’

 At that time: seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him, and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’

‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.’

‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

‘Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account, Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.’

The Gospel of the Lord.                                                

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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