Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Kings 24.8-17

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign;
and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.
His mother’s name was Nehushta
the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord,
according to all that his father had done.

At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city,
while his servants were besieging it;
and Jehoiachin the king of Judah
went out to the king of Babylon,
he, and his mother, and his servants,
and his princes, and his officers:
and the king of Babylon took him
in the eighth year of his reign.
He carried out of there all the treasures of the Lord’s house,
and the treasures of the king’s house,
and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold,
which Solomon king of Israel had made in the Lord’s temple,
as the Lord had said.

He carried away all Jerusalem,
and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valor,
ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths;
no one remained, except the poorest people of the land.
He carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon;
and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives,
and his officers, and the chief men of the land,
he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
All the men of might, seven thousand,
and the craftsmen and the smiths, one thousand,
all of them strong and apt for war,
all of them the king of Babylon
brought captive to Babylon.

The king of Babylon made Mattaniah,
Jehoiachin’s father’s brother, king in his place,
and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Responsorial – Psalm 79.1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9 Resp. 9

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

God, the nations have come into your inheritance.
They have defiled your holy temple.
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
They have given the dead bodies of your servants
to be food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Their blood they have shed like water
around Jerusalem.
There was no one to bury them.
We have become a reproach to our neighbors,
a scoffing and derision to those who are around us.
How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Do not hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us.
Let your tender mercies speedily meet us,
for we are in desperate need.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Help us, God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name.
Deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name’s sake.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Gospel – Matthew 7.21-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but the doer of the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will tell me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
in your name cast out demons,
and in your name do many mighty works?’
Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you.
Depart from me, you evildoers.’

All, therefore who hear these my words and do them,
is like a wise man, who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell; the floods came; and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it did not fall
for it was founded on the rock.
And all the hearers of these my words,
who do not do them,
is like a foolish man,
who built his house upon the sand:
The rain fell; the floods came;
and the winds blew and beat on that house;
and it fell and great was the fall of it.

When Jesus had finished saying these things,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them with authority,
not like the scribes.

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