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

    Reading 1 Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

    The way of the just is smooth;
    the path of the just you make level.
    Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD,
    we look to you;
    Your name and your title
    are the desire of our souls.
    My soul yearns for you in the night,
    yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you;
    When your judgment dawns upon the earth,
    the world's inhabitants learn justice.
    O LORD, you mete out peace to us,
    for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.

    O LORD, oppressed by your punishment,
    we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
    As a woman about to give birth
    writhes and cries out in her pains,
    so were we in your presence, O LORD.
    We conceived and writhed in pain,
    giving birth to wind;
    Salvation we have not achieved for the earth,
    the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
    But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise;
    awake and sing, you who lie in the dust.
    For your dew is a dew of light,
    and the land of shades gives birth.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21

    R. (20b) From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    You, O LORD, abide forever,
    and your name through all generations.
    You will arise and have mercy on Zion,
    for it is time to pity her.
    For her stones are dear to your servants,
    and her dust moves them to pity.
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory,
    When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
    and appeared in his glory;
    When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
    and not despised their prayer.
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
    Let this be written for the generation to come,
    and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
    "The LORD looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven he beheld the earth,
    To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
    to release those doomed to die."
    R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:28-30

    Jesus said:
    "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
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  2. Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Is 10:5-7, 13b-16

    Thus says the LORD:
    Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,
    my staff in wrath.
    Against an impious nation I send him,
    and against a people under my wrath I order him
    To seize plunder, carry off loot,
    and tread them down like the mud of the streets.
    But this is not what he intends,
    nor does he have this in mind;
    Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,
    to make an end of nations not a few.

    For he says:
    “By my own power I have done it,
    and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.
    I have moved the boundaries of peoples,
    their treasures I have pillaged,
    and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.
    My hand has seized like a nest
    the riches of nations;
    As one takes eggs left alone,
    so I took in all the earth;
    No one fluttered a wing,
    or opened a mouth, or chirped!”

    Will the axe boast against him who hews with it?
    Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?
    As if a rod could sway him who lifts it,
    or a staff him who is not wood!
    Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
    will send among his fat ones leanness,
    And instead of his glory there will be kindling
    like the kindling of fire.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15

    R. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.
    Your people, O LORD, they trample down,
    your inheritance they afflict.
    Widow and stranger they slay,
    the fatherless they murder.
    R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
    And they say, “The LORD sees not;
    the God of Jacob perceives not.”
    Understand, you senseless ones among the people;
    and, you fools, when will you be wise?
    R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
    Shall he who shaped the ear not hear?
    or he who formed the eye not see?
    Shall he who instructs nations not chastise,
    he who teaches men knowledge?
    R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
    For the LORD will not cast off his people,
    nor abandon his inheritance;
    But judgment shall again be with justice,
    and all the upright of heart shall follow it.
    R. The Lord will not abandon his people

    Alleluia 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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