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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are reminded that Jesus walks with us and helps us. We are not left on our own, and we praise God for that.

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Mass Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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  • First Reading - Zechariah 9:9-10: A prophecy about the coming of a king to Jerusalem, who will be just and victorious, but also humble and riding on a donkey. The passage declares that this king will bring peace to the nations and rule over them, and his dominion will extend from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 145: a psalm that praises and blesses the Lord, declaring his graciousness, mercy, and kindness towards all his works. The author encourages all faithful ones to give thanks to the Lord and speak of his glory and might, emphasizing that the Lord is faithful in his words and lifts up all who are falling.
  • Second Reading - Romans 8:9, 11-13: Those who have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within them belong to him and will have life. The passage urges believers to live according to the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the flesh, for those who live according to the flesh will not inherit eternal life.
  • Gospel - Matthew 11:25-30: Jesus thanks God for revealing the truth of his teachings to the humble and childlike, rather than to the wise and learned. He invites those who are burdened and weary to come to him and take up his yoke, promising that they will find rest for their souls, for his yoke is easy and his burden light.

Mass Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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  • First Reading - Ezekiel 2:2-5: Ezekiel is commissioned by God to speak to the rebellious and disobedient Israelites, despite their obstinacy and resistance to his message. God warns Ezekiel that the people will not listen to him, but he must still deliver the message as commanded, and if he does so faithfully, he will be blameless in God's sight.
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 123: A psalm expressing a plea for God's mercy and deliverance from the contempt and mockery of the arrogant and proud. The author's eyes are fixed on the Lord, and they pray for God to have pity on them, acknowledging their dependence on his compassion and grace.
  • Second Reading - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10: Paul's account of a thorn in his flesh, which he believes was a messenger from Satan sent to torment him. Despite asking God to remove it, God tells him that his grace is sufficient and that his power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, Paul declares that he will boast in his weaknesses, for when he is weak, then he is strong in Christ.
  • Gospel - Mark 6:1-6: Jesus visits Nazareth, where he teaches in the synagogue, but the people reject him, commenting on his lack of status as a local carpenter's son. Jesus is amazed by their lack of faith, and he is only able to heal a few sick people because of their unbelief.

Mass Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

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  • First ReadingIsaiah 66:10-14C: The joy and comfort that the Lord will bring to his people, using metaphors of a nursing mother, a comforting mother, and a flowing river. The Lord promises to extend peace to his people like a river, and his people will rejoice and be glad, with their hearts flourishing like grass.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 66: All people on earth should cry out to God with joy and proclaim his tremendous deeds. The author praises God for his works and his kindness, and calls on all who fear God to listen to their testimony.
  • Second ReadingGalatians 6:14-18: The cross of Christ is important as the means of salvation and new life for believers. Paul declares that he will boast only in the cross of Christ, which has made him a new creation, and he encourages the Galatians to avoid the false teachers who seek to impose circumcision and other works of the law on them, instead urging them to embrace the new creation in Christ.
  • Gospel - Luke 10:1-12, 17-20: Jesus sends out seventy-two disciples to go ahead of him and proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, instructing them to rely on God's provision and hospitality, and to shake off any dust from towns that reject them. The disciples return with joy, reporting that even demons were subject to them in Jesus' name, and Jesus rejoices that their names are written in heaven.

More About Lectionary Cycles

Learn more about the difference between a Bible and a Lectionary, how the Lectionary is arranged, and translations of the Bible used at Mass on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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