TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18

A reading from the book of Wisdom.

Which of us, indeed, can know the intentions of God?
Who can grasp the will of God?

The reasonings of mortals are unsure
and our intentions unstable;
for a perishable body presses down the soul,
and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind.

It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,
laborious to know what lies within our reach;
who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?

As for your intention, who could have learned it,
had you not granted Wisdom,
and sent your holy spirit from above?

Thus, the paths of those on earth have been straightened,
and humanity has been taught what pleases you
and saved, by Wisdom.

The Word of God recorded in the book of Wisdom.

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90

R: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge.

You turn humans back into dust

and say, “Go back.”

To You a thousand years

are like yesterday, come and gone,

No more than a watch in the night.

R: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge.

You sweep humans away like a dream

like grass which springs up in the morning.

In the morning it springs up and flowers,

by evening it withers and fades.

R: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge.

Make us realize the shortness of life

that we may gain wisdom of heart.

Adonai, relent!

Is Your anger forever?

Have mercy on Your servants.

R: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge.

When morning comes, fill us with Your love,

and then we will celebrate all our days.

Grant success to the work of our hands.

Give success to the work of our hands.

R: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge.