Reading 1 Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Brothers and sisters:Through one man sin entered the world,and through sin, death,and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.If by that one person's transgression the many died,how much more did the grace of Godand the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christoverflow for the many.For if, by the transgression of the one,death came to reign through that one,how much more will those who receive the abundance of graceand the gift of justificationcome to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.In conclusion, just as through one transgressioncondemnation came upon all,so, through one righteous actacquittal and life came to all.For just as through the disobedience of one manthe many were made sinners,so, through the obedience of the onethe many will be made righteous.Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,so that, as sin reigned in death,grace also might reign through justificationfor eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
R.(8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,but ears open to obedience you gave me.Burnt offerings or sin offerings you sought not;then said I, "Behold I come."R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will."In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,To do your will, O my God, is my delight,and your law is within my heart!"R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.I announced your justice in the vast assembly;I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.May all who seek youexult and be glad in you,And may those who love your salvationsay ever, "The LORD be glorified."R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Alleluia Lk 21:36
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Be vigilant at all times and praythat you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: "Gird your loins and light your lampsand be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding,ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.Blessed are those servantswhom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.And should he come in the second or third watchand find them prepared in this way,blessed are those servants."
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Posted: October 22, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Rom 4:20-25
Brothers and sisters:Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to Godand was fully convinced that what God had promisedhe was also able to do.That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.But it was not for him alone that it was writtenthat it was credited to him;it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,who was handed over for our transgressionsand was raised for our justification.
Responsorial Psalm Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R.(see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.He has come to his people and set them free.He has raised up for us a mighty savior,born of the house of his servant David.R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.Through his holy prophets he promised of oldthat he would save us from our enemies,from the hands of all who hate us.He promised to show mercy to our fathersand to remember his holy covenant.R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:to set us free from the hands of our enemies,free to worship him without fear,holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Alleluia Mt 5:3
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are the poor in spirit;for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,"Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me."He replied to him,"Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?"Then he said to the crowd,"Take care to guard against all greed,for though one may be rich,one's life does not consist of possessions."Then he told them a parable."There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.He asked himself, 'What shall I do,for I do not have space to store my harvest?'And he said, 'This is what I shall do:I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.There I shall store all my grain and other goodsand I shall say to myself, "Now as for you,you have so many good things stored up for many years,rest, eat, drink, be merry!"'But God said to him,'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?'Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himselfbut is not rich in what matters to God."
Posted: October 21, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13
In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,"Pick out certain men,and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hillwith the staff of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses told him:he engaged Amalek in battleafter Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,Israel had the better of the fight,but when he let his hands rest,Amalek had the better of the fight.Moses'hands, however, grew tired;so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands,one on one side and one on the other,so that his hands remained steady till sunset.And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his peoplewith the edge of the sword.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R.(cf. 2) Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;whence shall help come to me?My help is from the LORD,who made heaven and earth.R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.May he not suffer your foot to slip;may he slumber not who guards you:indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,the guardian of Israel.R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade;he is beside you at your right hand.The sun shall not harm you by day,nor the moon by night.R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.The LORD will guard you from all evil;he will guard your life.The LORD will guard your coming and your going,both now and forever.R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Reading 2 2 Tm 3:14-4:2
Beloved:Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,because you know from whom you learned it,and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvationthrough faith in Christ Jesus.All Scripture is inspired by Godand is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,and for training in righteousness,so that one who belongs to God may be competent,equipped for every good work.I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,who will judge the living and the dead,and by his appearing and his kingly power:proclaim the word;be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
Alleluia Heb 4:12R. Alleluia, alleluia.The word of God is living and effective,discerning reflections and thoughts of the heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parableabout the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain townwho neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering meI shall deliver a just decision for herlest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen oneswho call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:30 am
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