Readings: Saturday 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 1

First Reading

First Reading: Exodus     24:3-8

When Moses came to the people
          and related all the words and ordinances of the Lord,   
          they all answered with one voice,
          “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the Lord and,
          rising early the next day,
          he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
          and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.  
Then, having sent certain young men of the children of Israel
          to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice young bulls
          as peace offerings to the Lord,
          Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
          the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
          who answered, “All that the Lord has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
          “This is the blood of the covenant
          that the Lord has made with you
          in accordance with all these words of his.” 

Responsorial Psalm

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm  50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15

R./  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

God the Lord has spoken and summoned the earth,
          from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
          God shines forth.
R./  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

“Gather my faithful ones before me,
          those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
          for God himself is the judge.
R./  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
          and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
          I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.”
R./  Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

Holy Gospel

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
          who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
          and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
          ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
          you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
          then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
          “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
          but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”