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Readings of the Day: Wednesday of the First Week in Lent
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Reading for the Day
Jonah 3:1-10

  • 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
  • 2 "Arise, go to Nin'eveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
  • 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nin'eveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nin'eveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
  • 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he cried, "Yet forty days, and Nin'eveh shall be overthrown!"
  • 5 And the people of Nin'eveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
  • 6 Then tidings reached the king of Nin'eveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
  • 7 And he made proclamation and published through Nin'eveh, "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, or drink water,
  • 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yea, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands.
  • 9 Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?"
  • 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 51(50):3-4, 12-13, 18-19

Response: A broken, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.

  • 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
  • 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! R
  • 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
  • 11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me. R
  • 16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
  • 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. R


Gospel for the Day
Luke 11:29-32

  • 29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
  • 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.
  • 31 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
  • 32 The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
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