THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18

A reading from the book of Sirach.

Our God is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites,
Who hears the cry of the oppressed,
though not unduly partial towards the weak.
Our God is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to lovers who have lost their loved ones,
as they pour out their stories.

They who serve God willingly are heard;
their petitions reach the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the cloud;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right.

The Word of God recorded in the book of Sirach.

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34

R:  Our God hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless Our God at all times;

praise will continually be in my mouth.

My soul will rejoice in Our God,

let the humble hear it and be glad.

R:  Our God hears the cry of the poor.

The face of Our God is against the evildoers

to root up their memory from the earth.

The righteous cried; the Most High heard

and saved them out of all their troubles.

R:  Our God hears the cry of the poor.

Our God is close to the brokenhearted

and rescues those whose spirit is crushed.

Our God redeems those who serve,

all those taking refuge in God will go free.

R:  Our God hears the cry of the poor.