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Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Office of Readings

  • Tuesday 7 June 2022

    Tuesday of week 10 in Ordinary Time 

    Office of Readings

    Introduction (without Invitatory)

    If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.

    O God, come to our aid.
    O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
    and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
    is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.
    Amen. Alleluia.



    O God of truth and Lord of power,
    whose word their course to things assigns,
    whose splendour lights the morning hour,
    whose fiery sun at noonday shines:

    Within us quench the flames of strife,
    the harmful heat of passion quell;
    give health of body to our life
    and give true peace of soul as well.

    In this, most loving Father, hear,
    and Christ, co-equal Son, our prayer:
    with Holy Ghost, one Trinity,
    you reign for all eternity.


    Psalm 36 (37):1-11
    The fate of the evil and the righteous

    “Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage” (Mt 5:5).

    Commit your life to the Lord, and he will act on your behalf.

    Do not fret because of the wicked;
    do not envy those who do evil,
    for they wither quickly like grass
    and fade like the green of the fields.

    If you trust in the Lord and do good,
    then you will live in the land and be secure.
    If you find your delight in the Lord,
    he will grant your heart’s desire.

    Commit your life to the Lord,
    trust in him and he will act,
    so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
    your cause like the noon-day sun.

    Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;
    do not fret at the man who prospers;
    a man who makes evil plots
    to bring down the needy and the poor.

    Calm your anger and forget your rage;
    do not fret, it only leads to evil.
    For those who do evil shall perish;
    the patient shall inherit the land.

    A little longer – and the wicked shall have gone.
    Look at his place, he is not there.
    But the humble shall own the land
    and enjoy the fullness of peace.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
    and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
    is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.

    Commit your life to the Lord, and he will act on your behalf.


    Psalm 36 (37):12-29

    Turn away from evil and do good: the Lord will support the just.

    The wicked man plots against the just
    and gnashes his teeth against him;
    but the Lord laughs at the wicked
    for he sees that his day is at hand.

    The sword of the wicked is drawn,
    his bow is bent to slaughter the upright.
    Their sword shall pierce their own hearts
    and their bows shall be broken to pieces.

    The just man’s few possessions
    are better than the wicked man’s wealth;
    for the power of the wicked shall be broken
    and the Lord will support the just.

    He protects the lives of the upright,
    their heritage will last for ever.
    They shall not be put to shame in evil days,
    in time of famine their food shall not fail.

    But all the wicked shall perish
    and all the enemies of the Lord.
    They are like the beauty of the meadows,
    they shall vanish, they shall vanish like smoke.

    The wicked man borrows without repaying,
    but the just man is generous and gives.
    Those blessed by the Lord shall own the land,
    but those he has cursed shall be destroyed.

    The Lord guides the steps of a man
    and makes safe the path of one he loves.
    Though he stumble he shall never fall
    for the Lord holds him by the hand.

    I was young and now I am old,
    but I have never seen the just man forsaken
    nor his children begging for bread.
    All the day he is generous and lends
    and his children become a blessing.

    Then turn away from evil and do good
    and you shall have a home for ever;
    for the Lord loves justice
    and will never forsake his friends.

    The unjust shall be wiped out for ever
    and the children of the wicked destroyed.
    The just shall inherit the land;
    there they shall live for ever.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
    and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
    is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.

    Turn away from evil and do good: the Lord will support the just.


    Psalm 36 (37):30-40

    Wait for the Lord, keep to his way.

    The just man’s mouth utters wisdom
    and his lips speak what is right;
    the law of his God is in his heart,
    his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

    The wicked man watches for the just
    and seeks occasion to kill him.
    The Lord will not leave him in his power
    nor let him be condemned when he is judged.

    Then wait for the Lord, keep to his way.
    It is he who will free you from the wicked,
    raise you up to possess the land
    and see the wicked destroyed.

    I have seen the wicked triumphant,
    towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
    I passed by again; he was gone.
    I searched; he was nowhere to be found.

    See the just man, mark the upright,
    for the peaceful man a future lies in store,
    but sinners shall all be destroyed.
    No future lies in store for the wicked.

    The salvation of the just comes from the Lord,
    their stronghold in time of distress.
    The Lord helps them and delivers them
    and saves them: for their refuge is in him.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son
    and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning,
    is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.

    Wait for the Lord, keep to his way.


    You proclaimed the poor to be blessed, Lord Jesus, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them. Fill us generously with your gifts. Teach us to put our trust in the Father and to seek his kingdom first of all rather than imitate the powerful and envy the rich.


    ℣. Teach me goodness and discernment and knowledge.
    ℟. I trust in your commands.


    Readings (official one-year cycle)

    First Reading
    Joshua 2:1-24
    Rahab the harlot helps the spies

    Joshua son of Nun sent out two spies secretly from Shittim. He said, ‘Go out and explore the country at Jericho.’ They went, and they entered the house of a harlot called Rahab; there they lodged. Word of this was brought to the king of Jericho, ‘Take notice, some men from the Israelites have come here tonight to reconnoitre the country.’ Then the king of Jericho sent a message to Rahab, ‘Send out the men who came to you and are lodging in your house, for they have come to reconnoitre the whole country.’ But the woman took the two men and hid them; and she answered, ‘True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from. When the city gate was about to be closed at nightfall, the men went out and I cannot say where they went. Follow them quickly, you may still overtake them.’
    She had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under stalks of flax she had heaped up there. The king’s men pursued them towards the Jordan, as far as the fords, and the gate was shut once the pursuers had gone through.
    The others had not yet lain down when Rahab came up to them on the roof. She said to them, ‘I know that the Lord has given you this land, that we ourselves are afraid of you and that all who live in this territory have been seized with terror at your approach; for we have heard how the Lord dried up the Sea of Reeds before you when you came out of Egypt and what you did with the two Amorite kings across the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you put under the ban. When we heard this, our hearts failed us, and no courage is left in any of us to stand up to you, because the Lord your God is God both in heaven above and on earth beneath. Swear to me now by the Lord, then, since I myself have shown you kindness, that you too will show kindness to the people of my father’s house, and will give me a sure sign of this; that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters and all who belong to them, and will preserve us from death.’ Then the men answered her, ‘If we do not, it is we, not you, who will deserve to die, unless you tell of our agreement. When the Lord has given us the land, we will deal with you kindly and faithfully.’ Rahab let them down from the window by a rope, for her house was against the city wall and she lived inside the wall itself. She said, ‘You must make for the hills, to escape your pursuers. Hide there for three days till the pursuers have returned, and then go on your way.’ The men answered, ‘We for our part will be free of the oath you made us swear, except on these conditions. When we enter your land you must use this sign: you must tie this scarlet cord to the window from which you let us down, and you must gather with you in your house your father and mother and brothers and all your family. If anybody passes through the doors of your house to go out, his blood shall be on his own head and we are not to blame; but the blood of all who stay with you in the house shall be on our heads if a hand is laid on any of them. If you make this talk of ours known, we shall be free of the oath that you made us swear.’ She replied, ‘Let it be as you say.’ She let them go, and they left. Then she tied the scarlet cord to the window.
    They left her and made for the hills. They stayed there for three days, till the pursuers had returned, having scoured the countryside without finding them. Then the two men came down again from the hills, crossed the river and came to Joshua son of Nun; and they told him all that had happened to them. They said to Joshua, ‘The Lord has delivered the whole country into our hands, and its inhabitants all tremble already at the thought of us.’

    Jm 2:24-26; Heb 11:31

    ℟. It is by doing something good, and not only by believing, that a man is justified. Rahab was justified by her deeds because she welcomed the messengers and helped them to escape by a different road.* A body dies when it is separated from the spirit, and in the same way faith is dead if it is separated from good deeds.
    ℣. It was by faith that Rahab welcomed the messengers and so was not killed with the unbelievers.* A body dies when it is separated from the spirit, and in the same way faith is dead if it is separated from good deeds.


    Second Reading
    From St Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Romans
    My bodily desires have been crucified

    All the kingdoms of this world are worth nothing to me. It is better for me to die in Christ Jesus than to be king over the ends of the earth. I seek him who died for our sake, I desire him who rose for us.
    The pains of birth are upon me. Be understanding, my brethren: do not hinder me from coming to life, do not wish me to die. I desire to belong to God: do not give me to the world, do not try to deceive me with material things. Allow me to receive the pure light: when I have reached it I shall become a man. Allow me to follow the example of the Passion of my God. If there is any man who has God within himself, let him understand what I wish, and let him sympathize with me, knowing the things which constrain me.
    The Prince of this world wishes to tear me in pieces and twist my mind away from God. Let none of you who are present help him, but be on my side: that is, on God’s. Do not speak of Jesus Christ but still desire the world. Let no envy dwell among you.
    Perhaps when I arrive I will ask you to save my life. Ignore what I say then, but give me what I am writing to ask you now. In the midst of life I write to you desiring death. My bodily desires have been crucified, and there is in me no fire of love for material things. Within me there is no fire, but only water living and speaking in me, and saying to me from within, “Come to the Father.” I have no pleasure in the food of corruption or in the delights of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David, and for drink I desire his blood, which is incorruptible love.
    I want no more of what men call life. And I can receive what I want, if that is your desire. Desire it, so that you also may be desired. I beg you by this short letter; believe me. And Jesus Christ shall make this plain to you, that I am speaking the truth. He is the mouth which cannot lie, by which the Father has spoken truly. Pray for me that I may attain my goal. I am writing to you not according to the flesh, but according to the mind of God. If I am given suffering, it will be proof of your goodwill; if it is denied to me, that will be a proof of your disfavour.
    Remember in your prayers the Church in Syria. God has now taken my place as its shepherd. Its bishop shall be Jesus Christ — Jesus Christ and your love. For myself I am ashamed to be called a member of that church, for I am not worthy. I am the least of them, a foetus born before its time. Yet, if I succeed in reaching God, then I shall have received true mercy, and I shall have become a human being.
    My spirit greets you, and the love of the Churches which have received me in the name of Jesus Christ, not as a mere passer by. Even those which did not lie on my path (as the world measures it) have escorted me from one city to the next.


    ℟. I am happy to suffer as I am suffering now,* and in my own body I do what I can to make up all that still has to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.
    ℣. I struggle wearily on, helped by his power driving me irresistibly,* and in my own body I do what I can to make up all that still has to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.


    Let us pray.

    Lord God, source of all good,
    hear our prayer:
    inspire us with good intentions,
    and help us to fulfil them.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    God, for ever and ever.


    Let us praise the Lord.
    – Thanks be to God.

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