Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Reading from the book of Leviticus Lv 19:1-2, 17-18

The LORD said to Moses,

“Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:

Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

“You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.

Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,

do not incur sin because of him.

Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

I am the LORD.”

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;

and all my being, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He pardons all your iniquities,

heals all your ills.

He redeems your life from destruction,

crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,

slow to anger and abounding in kindness.

Not according to our sins does he deal with us,

nor does he requite us according to our crimes.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he put our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Second Reading

Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians 1 Cor 3:16-23

Brothers and sisters:

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,

and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;

for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

Let no one deceive himself.

If any one among you considers himself wise in this age,

let him become a fool, so as to become wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,

for it is written:

God catches the wise in their own ruses,

and again:

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,

that they are vain.

So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,

Paul or Apollos or Cephas,

or the world or life or death,

or the present or the future:

all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

R. Alleluia, alleluia. 1 Jn 2:5

Whoever keeps the word of Christ,

the love of God is truly perfected in him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia


P: The Lord be with you. 

P: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew Mt 5:38-48

Jesus said to his disciples:

“You have heard that it was said,

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.

When someone strikes you on your right cheek,

turn the other one as well.

If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,

hand over your cloak as well.

Should anyone press you into service for one mile,

go for two miles.

Give to the one who asks of you,

and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said,

You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But I say to you, love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you,

that you may be children of your heavenly Father,

for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,

and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?

Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only,

what is unusual about that?

Do not the pagans do the same?

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Let us invoke God to preserve us in the grace and peace of Christ.

Our prayer response is: “Pour forth your Spirit, O God.”

  1. Through the Spirit’s presence may the church live in fullness the saving mystery of Jesus Christ. We pray: “Give us your love and grace, Lord.”
  • Through the Spirit’s power may our love for the word of God intensify. We pray: “Give us your love and grace, Lord.”
  • Through the Spirit of holiness may all Christians strive for forgiveness in hurting relationships. We pray: “Give us your love and grace, Lord.”
  • Through the Creator Spirit may we cherish the earth and all its resources. We pray: “Give us your love and grace, Lord.”

Compassionate God, hear our prayers, and by the grace of the Spirit may the love and wisdom of Christ dwell in us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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