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Readings of the Day: Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday, 08 July 2021

Reading for the Day
Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5

  • 18 Then Judah went up to him and said, "O my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not your anger burn against your servant; for you are like Pharaoh himself.
  • 19 My lord asked his servants, saying, `Have you a father, or a brother?'
  • 20 And we said to my lord, `We have a father, an old man, and a young brother, the child of his old age; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children; and his father loves him.'
  • 21 Then you said to your servants, `Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him.'
  • 23 Then you said to your servants, `Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more.'
  • 24 When we went back to your servant my father we told him the words of my lord.
  • 25 And when our father said, `Go again, buy us a little food,'
  • 26 we said, `We cannot go down. If our youngest brother goes with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
  • 27 Then your servant my father said to us, `You know that my wife bore me two sons;
  • 28 one left me, and I said, Surely he has been torn to pieces; and I have never seen him since.
  • 29 If you take this one also from me, and harm befalls him, you will bring down my gray hairs in sorrow to Sheol.'
  • 1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, "Make every one go out from me." So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
  • 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it.
  • 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
  • 4 So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
  • 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 105:16-21

Response: Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

  • 16 When he summoned a famine on the land, and broke every staff of bread,
  • 17 he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. R
  • 18 His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron;
  • 19 until what he had said came to pass the word of the LORD tested him. R
  • 20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of the peoples set him free;
  • 21 he made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, R

Gospel for the Day
Matthew 10:7-15

  • 7 And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
  • 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.
  • 9 Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts,
  • 10 no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food.
  • 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart.
  • 12 As you enter the house, salute it.
  • 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
  • 14 And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
  • 15 Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.
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