Wednesday 21 March 2018    (other days)
Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent 

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: Violet.

First reading
Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28 ©
God has sent his angel to rescue his servants
King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, is it true that you do not serve my gods, and that you refuse to worship the golden statue I have erected? When you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, are you prepared to prostrate yourselves and worship the statue I have made? If you refuse to worship it, you must be thrown straight away into the burning fiery furnace; and where is the god who could save you from my power?’ Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your question hardly requires an answer: if our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.’ These words infuriated King Nebuchadnezzar; his expression was very different now as he looked at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He gave orders for the furnace to be made seven times hotter than usual, and commanded certain stalwarts from his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning fiery furnace.
  Then King Nebuchadnezzar sprang to his feet in amazement. He said to his advisers, ‘Did we not have these three men thrown bound into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, O king.’ ‘But,’ he went on ‘I can see four men walking about freely in the heart of the fire without coming to any harm. And the fourth looks like a son of the gods.’
  Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: he has sent his angel to rescue the servants who, putting their trust in him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own.’

Responsorial PsalmDaniel 3:52-56 ©
To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest, Lord God of our fathers.
To you glory and praise for evermore.
Blest your glorious holy name.
To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the temple of your glory.
To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest on the throne of your kingdom.
To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest who gaze into the depths.
To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the firmament of heaven.
To you glory and praise for evermore.

Gospel AcclamationMt4:4
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Blessed are those who,
with a noble and generous heart,
take the word of God to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

GospelJohn 8:31-42 ©
If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed
To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said:
‘If you make my word your home
you will indeed be my disciples,
you will learn the truth
and the truth will make you free.’
They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free”?’ Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
everyone who commits sin is a slave.
Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured,
but the son’s place is assured.
So if the Son makes you free,
you will be free indeed.
I know that you are descended from Abraham;
but in spite of that you want to kill me
because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
What I, for my part, speak of
is what I have seen with my Father;
but you, you put into action
the lessons learnt from your father.’
They repeated, ‘Our father is Abraham.’ Jesus said to them:
‘If you were Abraham’s children,
you would do as Abraham did.
As it is, you want to kill me
when I tell you the truth
as I have learnt it from God;
that is not what Abraham did.
What you are doing is what your father does.’
‘We were not born of prostitution,’ they went on ‘we have one father: God.’ Jesus answered:
‘If God were your father, you would love me,
since I have come here from God;
yes, I have come from him;
not that I came because I chose,
no, I was sent, and by him.’
GospelJohn 8:31-42
ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους·
ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῷ τῷ ἐμῷ,
ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μου ἐστε
καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν
καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.
ἀπεκρίθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν· σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε; ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς·
ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι
πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλος ἐστιν.
ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰώνα,
ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰώνα.
ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ,
ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.
Οἶδα ὅτι σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐστε·
ἀλλὰ ζητεῖτε με ἀποκτεῖναι,
ὅτι ὁ λόγος ὁ ἐμὸς οὐ χωρεῖ ἐν ὑμῖν.
ἃ ἐγὼ ἑώρακα παρὰ τῷ πατρὶ λαλῶ·
καὶ ὑμεῖς οὖν ἃ ἠκούσατε παρὰ τοῦ πατρὸς ποιεῖτε.
ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· ὁ πατὴρ ἡμῶν Ἀβραάμ ἐστιν. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς·
εἰ τέκνα τοῦ Ἀβραάμ ἐστε,
τὰ ἔργα τοῦ Ἀβραὰμ ποιεῖτε·
νῦν δὲ ζητεῖτε με ἀποκτεῖναι ἄνθρωπον
ὃς τὴν ἀλήθειαν ὑμῖν λελάληκα
ἣν ἤκουσα παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ·
τοῦτο Ἀβραὰμ οὐκ ἐποίησεν.
ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε τὰ ἔργα τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν.
εἶπαν αὐτῷ· ἡμεῖς ἐκ πορνείας οὐκ ἐγεννήθημεν, ἕνα πατέρα ἔχομεν τὸν θεόν. εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς·
εἰ ὁ θεὸς πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἦν ἠγάπατε ἂν ἐμέ,
ἐγὼ γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον
καὶ ἥκω·
οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀπ’ ἐμαυτοῦ ἐλήλυθα,
ἀλλ’ ἐκεῖνος με ἀπέστειλεν.

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