5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

The readings for Sunday 15 in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah

(Is 55: 10-11 NRSV)

            Thus says the Lord:
            For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
                        and do not return there until they have watered the
earth,
            making it bring forth and sprout,
                        giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
            so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
                        it shall not return to me empty,
            but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
                        and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 64(65): 9-14 NRSV)

 
Resp:  Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop
 
            You visit the earth and water it,
                        you greatly enrich it;
            the river of God is full of water;
                        you provide the people with grain,
                        for so you have prepared it.
 
Resp:  Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop
 
            You water its furrows abundantly,
                        settling its ridges,
            softening it with showers,
                        and blessing its growth.
 
Resp:  Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop
 
            You crown the year with your bounty;
                        your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
            The pastures of the wilderness overflow
 
Resp:  Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop
 
                        the hills gird themselves with joy,
            the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
                        the valleys deck themselves with grain,
                        they shout and sing together for joy.
 
Resp:  Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop


A reading from the Letter to the Romans

Rm 8: 18-23 (NRSV)

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

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