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Readings of the Day: Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Friday, 30 July 2021

Reading for the Day
Lev 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34b-37

  • 1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
  • 4 These also are the holy days of the Lord, which you must celebrate in their seasons.
  • 5 The first month, the fourteenth day of the month at evening, is the phase of the Lord:
  • 6 And the fifteenth day of the same month is the solemnity of the unleavened bread of the Lord. Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread.
  • 7 The first day shall be most solemn unto you, and holy: you shall do no servile work therein:
  • 8 But you shall offer sacrifice in fire to the Lord seven days. And the seventh day shall be more solemn, and more holy: and you shall do no servile work therein.
  • 9 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
  • 10 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, and shall reap your corn, you shall bring sheaves of ears, the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest:
  • 11 Who shall lift up the shed before the Lord, the next day after the sabbath, that it may be acceptable for you, and shall sanctify it.
  • 15 You shall count therefore from the morrow after the sabbath, wherein you offered the sheaf of the firstfruits, seven full weeks.
  • 16 Even unto the marrow after the seventh week be expired, that is to say, fifty days, and so you shall offer a new sacrifice to the Lord.
  • 27 Upon the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the day of atonement, it shall be most solemn, and shall be called holy: and you shall afflict your souls on that day, and shall offer a holocaust to the Lord.
  • 34b From the fifteenth day of this same seventh month, shall be kept the feast of tabernacles seven days to the Lord.
  • 35 The first day shall be called most solemn and most holy: you shall do no servile work therein. And seven days you shall offer holocausts to the Lord.
  • 36 The eighth day also shall be most solemn and most holy, and you shall offer holocausts to the Lord: for it is the day of assembly and congregation: you shall do no servile work therein.
  • 37 These are the feasts of the Lord, which you shall call most solemn and most holy, and shall offer on them oblations to the Lord, holocausts and libations according to the rite of every day,

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 80:3-6,10-11

Response: Sing with joy to God our help.

  • 3 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel: the pleasant psaltery with the harp.
  • 4 Blow up the trumpet on the new moon, on the noted day of your solemnity. R
  • 5 For it is a commandment in Israel, and a judgment to the God of Jacob.
  • 6 He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt: he heard a tongue which he knew not. R
  • 10 There shall be no new god in thee: neither shalt thou adore a strange god.
  • 11 For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. R

Gospel for the Day
Matthew 13:54-58

  • 54 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
  • 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
  • 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?"
  • 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house."
  • 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
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