Thursday 21 June 2018    (other days)
Thursday of week 11 in Ordinary Time
 (Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious )

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: White.

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-15 ©
The spirit of Elijah fills Elisha
The prophet Elijah arose like a fire,
  his word flaring like a torch.
It was he who brought famine on the people,
  and who decimated them in his zeal.
By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens,
  he also, three times, brought down fire.
How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!
  Has anyone reason to boast as you have? –
rousing a corpse from death,
  from Sheol by the word of the Most High;
dragging kings down to destruction,
  and high dignitaries from their beds;
hearing reproof on Sinai,
  and decrees of punishment on Horeb;
anointing kings as avengers,
  and prophets to succeed you;
taken up in the whirlwind of fire,
  in a chariot with fiery horses;
designated in the prophecies of doom
  to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks,
to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children,
  and to restore the tribes of Jacob,
Happy shall they be who see you,
  and those who have fallen asleep in love;
for we too will have life.
Elijah was shrouded in the whirlwind,
  and Elisha was filled with his spirit;
throughout his life no ruler could shake him,
  and no one could subdue him.
No task was too hard for him,
  and even in death his body prophesied.
In his lifetime he performed wonders,
  and in death his works were marvellous.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 96(97):1-7 ©
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.
The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
  let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
  his throne, justice and right.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.
A fire prepares his path;
  it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
  the earth trembles at the sight.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.
The mountains melt like wax
  before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
  all peoples see his glory.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.
Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
  those who boast of their worthless gods.
  All you spirits, worship him.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation1S3:9,Jn6:68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia!
The spirit you received is the spirit of sons,
and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’

GospelMatthew 6:7-15 ©
How to pray
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.
‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’

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