TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10

A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah.

The civic leaders spoke to the ruler: ”Let this one named Jeremiah be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, and all the people too, by talking like this.  He does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin.” “He is in your hands as you know,” King Zedekiah answered, “for I am powerless against you.”  So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the well of Prince Malchiah, in the guard’s quarters, letting him down with ropes.  There was no water in the well, only mud, and into the mud Jeremiah sank.

Ebed-Melech came out from the palace and spoke to the ruler.  “My master,” Ebed-Melech said, “these leaders have done a wicked thing by treating the prophet Jeremiah like this: they have thrown him into the well where he will die.”  At this the ruler gave Ebed-Melech the Cushite the following order: ”Take three others with you from here and pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Jeremiah.

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Responsorial Reading

Responsorial Reading (from Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero)

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.

We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker.
We are workers, not Master Builders,
ministers, not messiahs.

Response:  We are prophets of a future not our own.