Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Scripture Reading
Exodus 12: 37-42
Gospel Reading
Matthew 12: 14-21

Opening Prayer

God of life, be our leaven. Without you, we are like unleavened bread which does not rise. We are empty without power of Your presence. Without you, our journey to the land of promise seems endless. As the Pharisees were threatened by Jesus in today’s Gospel, and therefore were plotting to kill him, help us not to try to destroy people who threaten us. Make us people of peace, who never use violence in action, word or silence to destroy others. Endow us with Your spirit that we know that we are Your chosen friends and all people are Your Children. We pray in the name of Jesus who is Our leaven and Lord.

Reading I Ex 12:37-42

The children of Israel set out from Rameses for Succoth,
about six hundred thousand men on foot,
not counting the little ones.
A crowd of mixed ancestry also went up with them,
besides their livestock, very numerous flocks and herds.
Since the dough they had brought out of Egypt was not leavened,
they baked it into unleavened loaves.
They had rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity
even to prepare food for the journey.

The time the children of Israel had stayed in Egypt
was four hundred and thirty years.
At the end of four hundred and thirty years,
all the hosts of the LORD left the land of Egypt on this very date.
This was a night of vigil for the LORD,
as he led them out of the land of Egypt;
so on this same night
all the children of Israel must keep a vigil for the LORD
throughout their generations.

Responsorial Psalm 136:1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15

R.    His mercy endures forever. 
R.    Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever;
Who remembered us in our abjection,
    for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
    for his mercy endures forever.
R.    His mercy endures forever.
R.    Alleluia.
Who smote the Egyptians in their first-born,
    for his mercy endures forever;
And brought out Israel from their midst,
    for his mercy endures forever;
With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his mercy endures forever.
R.    His mercy endures forever.
R.    Alleluia.
Who split the Red Sea in twain,
    for his mercy endures forever;
And led Israel through its midst,
    for his mercy endures forever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea,
    for his mercy endures forever.
R.    His mercy endures forever.    
R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus
to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all,
but he warned them not to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

    Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
        my beloved in whom I delight;
    I shall place my Spirit upon him,
        and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
    He will not contend or cry out,
        nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
    A bruised reed he will not break,
        a smoldering wick he will not quench,
    until he brings justice to victory.
        And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

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