Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Jeremiah 31.31-34

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
that I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah:
not according to the covenant
that I made with their fathers
on the day that I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
This covenant of mine they broke,
although I was a husband to them,
says the Lord.

But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days,
says the Lord:
I will put my law within them,
and on their heart I will write it;
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people:
and they shall no longer teach,
every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying,
“Know the Lord”;
for they shall all know me,
from the least to the greatest,
says the Lord:
for I will forgive their iniquity,
and their sin will I remember no more.

Responsorial - Psalm 51.12-13, 14-15, 18-19 Resp. 12a

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways.
Sinners shall be converted to you.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

For you do not delight in sacrifice.
I would give a burnt offering, but you have no pleasure in it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Gospel – Matthew 16.13-23

When Jesus came into
the region of Caesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, saying,
“Who do humans say that the Son of Human is?”
They said, “Some say John the Baptist,
some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah,
or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but my Father who is in heaven.
I also tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the underworld will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth
will have been bound in heaven;
and whatever you release on earth
will be released in heaven.”

Then he commanded the disciples
that they should tell no one
that he was the Christ.

From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem
and suffer many things from
the elders, chief priests, and scribes,
and be killed, and on the third day be raised up.
Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying,
“Mercy to you, Lord! This will never be done to you.”
But he turned, and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan!
You are a stumbling block to me,
for you are not setting your mind on the things of God,
but on the things of humans.”

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