Reading 1 Joshua 5: 9a, 10-12
The LORD said to
Joshua, Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.
While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains
of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth of the
month. On the day after the Passover, they ate of the produce of the land in
the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain. On that same day after the
Passover, on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased. No longer
was there manna for the Israelites, who that year ate of the yield of the land of
Psalm 34: 2-3, 4-5,
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my
Let my soul
glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his
I sought the
LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with
and your faces
may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the
Reading 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed
away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us
to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely,
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against
them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for
Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be
reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but
the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.
So to them Jesus addressed this parable: A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me. So the father divided the property
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When
he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire
need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the
swine. And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him
Coming to his senses he thought, How many of my father's hired workers have
more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father
and I shall say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to
be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers. So he got up and went
back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was
filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called
your son. But his father ordered his servants, Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put
a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us
celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost,
and has been found. Then the celebration began. Now the older son had been out in the field and, on
his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the
servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, Your brother has returned and your
father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.
He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply, Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey
your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son
returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened
He said to him, My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But
now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was
lost and has been found.