Liturgy Planning

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 17, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [108]

First Reading

Genesis 18:1-10a | Lord, do not go on past your servant.

The Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them, and bowed to the ground. ‘My lord,’ he said ‘I beg you, if I find favour with you, kindly do not pass your servant by. A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and lie down under the tree. Let me fetch a little bread and you shall refresh yourselves before going further. That is why you have come in your servant’s direction.’ They replied, ‘Do as you say.’

Abraham hastened to the tent to find Sarah.’ ‘Hurry,’ he said ‘knead three bushels of flour and make loaves.’ Then running to the cattle Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurried to prepare it. Then taking cream, milk and the calf he had prepared, he laid all before them, and they ate while he remained standing near them under the tree.

‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ they asked him. ‘She is in the tent’ he replied. Then his guest said, ‘I shall visit you again next year without fail, and your wife will then have a son.’


Psalm 15:2-3a, 3b-4, 5 | The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

  Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

  He who walks without fault;

  he who acts with justice

  and speaks the truth from his heart;

  he who does not slander with his tongue.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

  He who does no wrong to his brother,

  who casts no slur on his neighbour,

  who holds the godless in disdain,

  but honours those who fear the Lord.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

  He who keeps his pledge, come what may;

  who takes no interest on a loan

  and accepts no bribes against the innocent.

  Such a man will stand firm for ever.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading

Colossians 1:24-28  | The mystery hidden from ages has now been manifested to his holy ones.

It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God’s message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God’s purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ.

Gospel Acclamation

Blessed are those who, with a noble and generous heart, take the word of God to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.

cf. Luke 8:15


Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.



Luke 10:38-42 | Martha welcomed him. Mary has chosen the better part.

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’




'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 23: I Shall Live in the House
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Composer: Traditional English folk song
Text: Bonar, Horatius
Like a Shepherd
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: New Dawn Music
Sing Out Earth and Skies
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Composer: Irish Traditional
Text: Baker, Henry W.