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Readings of the day: Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

Readings of the day: Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading for the day
Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8

  • 1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
  • 2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying: Thus saith the Lord: I have remembered thee, pitying thy soul, pitying thy youth, and the love of thy espousals, when thou followedst me in the desert, in a land that is not sown.
  • 3 Israel is holy to the Lord, the first fruits of his increase: all they that devour him offend: evils shall come upon them, saith the Lord.
  • 7 And I brought you into the land of Carmel, to eat the fruit thereof, and the best things thereof: and when ye entered in, you defiled my land, and made my inheritance an abomination.
  • 8 The priests did not say: Where is the Lord? and they that held the law knew me not, and the pastors transgressed against me: and the prophets prophesied in Baal, and followed idols.
  • 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and ye gates thereof, be very desolate, saith the Lord.
  • 13 For my people have done two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and have digged to themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 35:6-7,8-9,10-11

Response: With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

  • 7 O LORD, your mercy reaches to heaven; your faithfulness, to the clouds.
  • 8 Your justice is like the mountains of God; your judgments, like the mighty deep. R
  • 9 How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  • 10 They have their fill of the prime gifts of your house; from your delightful stream you give them to drink. R
  • 11 For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. Keep up your mercy toward your friends, your just defense of the upright of heart. R


Gospel for the day
Matthew 13:10-17

  • 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
  • 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
  • 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
  • 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:  “Though seeing, they do not see;     though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 
  • 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
  • 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes,     hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’[a] 
  • 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
  • 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
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