Liturgy Planning

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 25, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [94]

First Reading

He has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men | Jeremiah 20:10-13

Jeremiah said:

I hear so many disparaging me,

‘“Terror from every side!”

Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’

All those who used to be my friends

watched for my downfall,

‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error.

Then we will master him

and take our revenge!’

But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero;

my opponents will stumble, mastered,

confounded by their failure;

everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.

But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice,

who scrutinise the loins and heart,

let me see the vengeance you will take on them,

for I have committed my cause to you.

Sing to the Lord,

praise the Lord,

for he has delivered the soul of the needy

from the hands of evil men.


In your great love, answer me, O Lord. | Psalm 68/69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35

It is for you that I suffer taunts,

  that shame covers my face,

that I have become a stranger to my brothers,

  an alien to my own mother’s sons.

I burn with zeal for your house

  and taunts against you fall on me.

In your great love, answer me, O Lord.

This is my prayer to you,

  my prayer for your favour.

In your great love, answer me, O God,

  with your help that never fails:

Lord, answer, for your love is kind;

  in your compassion, turn towards me.

In your great love, answer me, O Lord.

The poor when they see it will be glad

  and God-seeking hearts will revive;

for the Lord listens to the needy

  and does not spurn his servants in their chains.

Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,

  the sea and all its living creatures.

In your great love, answer me, O Lord.

Second Reading

The gift considerably outweighed the fall | Romans 5:12-15

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.

  Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

The Word was made flesh and lived among us:

to all who did accept him 

he gave power to become children of God.




Alleluia, alleluia!

The Spirit of truth will be my witness;

and you too will be my witnesses.




Do not be afraid of those who kill the body | Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.

  ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

  ‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’

'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 68/69: In Your Great Love
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND
Psalm 69: Turn to the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.

Hymns & Songs

All Are Welcome
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Bless the Lord, My Soul
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Psalm 102
Confitemini Domino / Come and Fill
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Composer: Gabriel, Charles H.
Text: Martin, Civilla D.
Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed
Text: Dufner, Delores
Publisher: WLP
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Text: Wesley, Charles
Love is His Word
Composer: Connaughton
Publisher: Veritas
O God, You Search Me
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Psalm 139
Publisher: OCP
On Holy Ground
Composer: Pena, Donna
Text: Pena, Donna
Publisher: GIA