Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Sirach 48.1-14

Elijah the prophet arose like a fire,
And his word burned like a torch:
He brought a famine upon them,
and by his zeal made them few in number.
By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven:
Thrice did he thus bring down fire.
How you are glorified, O Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
And who shall have glory like yours?

You raised up a dead man from death,
from the place of the dead, by the word of the Most High:
You brought down kings to destruction,
and easily shattered their power.
You brought down noble men from their bed:
You heard rebuke in Sinai,
And judgments of vengeance in Horeb:
You anointed kings for retribution,
and a prophet to succeed after you.

You were taken up in a tempest of fire,
In a chariot of fiery horses:
It is written that you are destined in time to come
to pacify anger before the day of the Lord,
to turn the heart of the father to the son,
and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed are they that saw you,
and they that have been beautified with love;
For we also shall surely live,
but after death our name will be nothing.
Elijah it was, who was wrapped in a tempest:

And Elisha was filled with his spirit;
working many wonders with only his word.
In all his days he was not moved by the fear of any ruler,
and no one brought him into subjection.
Nothing was too high for him;
and beneath him flesh was brought back to life.
As in his life he did wonders,
So in death were his works marvelous.

Responsorial – Psalm 97.1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 Resp. 12a

R. Be glad in the Lord, you just!

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice!
Let the multitude of islands be glad!
Clouds and darkness are around him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

R. Be glad in the Lord, you just!

A fire goes before him,
and burns up his adversaries on every side.
His lightning lights up the world.
The earth sees, and trembles.

R. Be glad in the Lord, you just!

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness.
All the peoples have seen his glory.

R. Be glad in the Lord, you just!

Let all them be shamed who serve engraved images,
who boast in their idols.
Worship him, all you gods!

R. Be glad in the Lord, you just!

Gospel – Matthew 6.7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
In praying, do not pile up words,
as the Gentiles do;
for they think that
in their many words
they will be heard.
So do not be like them,
for your Father knows
what things you need
before you ask him.

Pray like this:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive those who owe debts to us.
lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive humans their missteps,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive humans their missteps,
neither will your Father forgive your missteps.

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