Mass ReadingsLiturgical Readings for : Sunday, 26th June, 2022
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C
A reading from the first book of the Kings 19:16. 19-21
Theme: Elisha rose and followed Elijah.
The Lord said to Elijah:
‘Go, you are to anoint Elisha son of Shaphat, of Abel Meholah, as prophet to succeed you.‘
Leaving there, he came on Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed near to him and threw his cloak over him. Elisha left his oxen and ran after Elijah.
‘Let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you‘ he said.
Elijah answered, ‘Go, go back; for have I done anything to you?’
Elisha turned away, took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose, and followed Elijah and became his servant.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 15
Response O Lord, it is you who are my portion.
l. Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.’
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize. Responsee
2. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. Responsee
3. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay. Responsee
4. You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever. Response
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians 5:11. 13-18
Theme: You were called to liberty.
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community.
Let me put it like this: if you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation 1 Sam 3: 9
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 9:51-62
Theme: Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you go.
As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, he resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said,
‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?‘
But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.
As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him,
‘I will follow you wherever you go.’
‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me‘, replied,
‘Let me go and bury my father first.’
But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.‘
Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.