6th Week in Ordinary Time, Sunday, Year C

FIRST READING            Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
    and make mere flesh their strength,
    whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM           1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Beatus vir qui posuit Dominum spem suam.

R. (Ps 40:5) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed is the man
who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly
nor followed the way of sinners,
nor taken his seat amongst the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord
and on that law will he ponder day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that yields its fruit in due season.
Its leaves also shall not wither
and look, whatever he does, it shall prosper.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
As for the ungodly, it is not so with them
they are like the chaff which the wind scatters.
For the Lord cares for the way of the righteous
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

SECOND READING            1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead,
how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.
If Christ has not been raised,
your faith is futile
and you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have died in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have died.

ALLELUIA          Luke 6:23ab
Gaudete et exsultate, dicit Dominus, ecce enim merces vestra multa in caelo.
Rejoice and leap for joy!
Your reward will be great in heaven.

GOSPEL          Luke 6:17, 20-26
Jesus came down with the Twelve
and stood on a level place,
with a great crowd of his disciples
and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude you, revile you,
and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,
for surely your reward is great in heaven;
for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.

“Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets."

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Readings from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Psalm text from the Alternative Service Book Liturgical Psalter, 1980.


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