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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Ex 3:1-6, 9-12

    Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
    Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
    the mountain of God.
    There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
    flaming out of a bush.
    As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
    though on fire, was not consumed.
    So Moses decided,
    "I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
    and see why the bush is not burned."

    When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
    God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
    He answered, "Here I am."
    God said, "Come no nearer!
    Remove the sandals from your feet,
    for the place where you stand is holy ground.
    I am the God of your father," he continued,
    "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
    The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
    and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
    Come, now!  I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
    the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

    But Moses said to God,
    "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh
    and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
    He answered, "I will be with you;
    and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you:
    when you bring my people out of Egypt,
    you will worship God on this very mountain."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7

    R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    he heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    The LORD secures justice
    and the rights of all the oppressed.
    He has made known his ways to Moses,
    and his deeds to the children of  Israel.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

    Alleluia See Mt 11:25

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:25-27

    At that time Jesus exclaimed:
    "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    for although you have hidden these things
    from the wise and the learned
    you have revealed them to the childlike.
    Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
    All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
    No one knows the Son except the Father,
    and no one knows the Father except the Son
    and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."


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  2. Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15a

    A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,
    who conceived and bore a son.
    Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
    When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,
    daubed it with bitumen and pitch,
    and putting the child in it,
    placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
    His sister stationed herself at a distance
    to find out what would happen to him.

    Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe,
    while her maids walked along the river bank.
    Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
    On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
    She was moved with pity for him and said,
    "It is one of the Hebrews' children."
    Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter,
    "Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
    to nurse the child for you?"
    "Yes, do so," she answered.
    So the maiden went and called the child's own mother.
    Pharaoh's daughter said to her,
    "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you."
    The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
    When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter,
    who adopted him as her son and called him Moses;
    for she said, "I drew him out of the water."

    On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,
    when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor,
    he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen.
    Looking about and seeing no one,
    he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
    The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting!
    So he asked the culprit,
    "Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?"
    But the culprit replied,
    "Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us?
    Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?"
    Then Moses became afraid and thought,
    "The affair must certainly be known."

    Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death.
    But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34

    R. (see 33)  Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
    where there is no foothold;
    I have reached the watery depths;
    the flood overwhelms me.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    But I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    But I am afflicted and in pain;
    let your saving help, O God, protect me;
    I will praise the name of God in song,
    and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    "See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not."
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

    Alleluia Ps 95:8

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:20-24

    Jesus began to reproach the towns
    where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
    since they had not repented.
    "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
    For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
    had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
    they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
    But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
    for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
    And as for you, Capernaum:

    Will you be exalted to heaven?
    You will go down to the netherworld.


    For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
    it would have remained until this day.
    But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
    for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
     

    For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, please go here.

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