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Sat 6 October

Saturday of week 26 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Bruno, Priest , or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

Job 42:1-3,5-6,12-17

In dust and in ashes I repent

This was the answer Job gave to the Lord:
I know that you are all-powerful:
 what you conceive, you can perform.
I am the man who obscured your designs
 with my empty-headed words.
I have been holding forth on matters I cannot understand,
 on marvels beyond me and my knowledge.
I knew you then only by hearsay;
 but now, having seen you with my own eyes,
I retract all I have said,
 and in dust and ashes I repent.

The Lord blessed Job’s new fortune even more than his first one. He came to own fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand she-donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters; his first daughter he called ‘Turtledove’, the second ‘Cassia’ and the third ‘Mascara.’ Throughout the land there were no women as beautiful as the daughters of Job. And their father gave them inheritance rights like their brothers.
After his trials, Job lived on until he was a hundred and forty years old, and saw his children and his children’s children up to the fourth generation. Then Job died, an old man and full of days.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 118(119):66,71,75,91,125,130

Teach me discernment and knowledge
 for I trust in your commands.
It was good for me to be afflicted,
 to learn your statutes.

Lord, I know that your decrees are right,
 that you afflicted me justly.
By your decree it endures to this day;
 for all things serve you.

I am your servant, give me knowledge;
 then I shall know your will.
The unfolding of your word gives light
 and teaches the simple.

Gospel

Luke 10:17-24

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven

The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’
It was then that, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said:
‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them in private, ‘Happy the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’


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Fri 5 October

Friday of week 26 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Job 38:1,12-21,40:3-5

The immeasurable greatness of God

From the heart of the tempest the Lord gave Job his answer. He said:
Have you ever in your life given orders to the morning
 or sent the dawn to its post,
telling it to grasp the earth by its edges
 and shake the wicked out of it,
when it changes the earth to sealing clay
 and dyes it as a man dyes clothes;
stealing the light from wicked men
 and breaking the arm raised to strike?
Have you journeyed all the way to the sources of the sea,
 or walked where the Abyss is deepest?
Have you been shown the gates of Death
 or met the janitors of Shadowland?
Have you an inkling of the extent of the earth?
 Tell me all about it if you have!
Which is the way to the home of the light,
 and where does darkness live?
You could then show them the way to their proper places,
 or put them on the path to where they live!
If you know all this, you must have been born with them,
 you must be very old by now!

Job replied to the Lord:
My words have been frivolous: what can I reply?
 I had better lay my finger on my lips.
I have spoken once... I will not speak again;
 more than once... I will add nothing.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 138(139):1-3,7-10,13-14

O Lord, you search me and you know me,
 you know my resting and my rising,
 you discern my purpose from afar.
You mark when I walk or lie down,
 all my ways lie open to you.

O where can I go from your spirit,
 or where can I flee from your face?
If I climb the heavens, you are there.
 If I lie in the grave, you are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn
 and dwell at the sea’s furthest end,
even there your hand would lead me,
 your right hand would hold me fast.

For it was you who created my being,
 knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being,
 for the wonders of all your creation.

Gospel

Luke 10:13-16

Anyone who rejects me rejects the one who sent me

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. And still, it will not go as hard with Tyre and Sidon at the Judgement as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell.
‘Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Thu 4 October

Saint Francis of Assisi

First reading

Galatians 6:14-18

The marks on my body are those of Jesus

The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. It does not matter if a person is circumcised or not; what matters is for him to become an altogether new creature. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel of God.
I want no more trouble from anybody after this; the marks on my body are those of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers. Amen.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 15(16):1-2,5,7-8,11

Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
 I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.’
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
 it is you yourself who are my prize.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
 who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
 since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

You will show me the path of life,
 the fullness of joy in your presence,
 at your right hand happiness for ever.

Gospel

Matthew 11:28-30

My yoke is easy and my burden light

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Wed 3 October

Wednesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Job 9:1-13,14-16

How can man be in the right against God?

Job spoke to his friends:
Indeed, I know it is as you say:
 how can man be in the right against God?
If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons,
 one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
 who then can successfully defy him?
He moves the mountains, though they do not know it;
 he throws them down when he is angry.
He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place,
 making all its pillars tremble.
The sun, at his command, forbears to rise,
 and on the stars he sets a seal.
He and no other stretched out the skies,
 and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.
The Bear, Orion too, are of his making,
 the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
His works are great, beyond all reckoning,
 his marvels, past all counting.
Were he to pass me, I should not see him,
 nor detect his stealthy movement.
Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him,
 or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’

How dare I plead my cause, then,
 or choose arguments against him?
Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
 For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
If he deigned to answer my citation,
 could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 87(88):10-15

I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
 to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
 Will the shades stand and praise you?

Will your love be told in the grave
 or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
 or your justice in the land of oblivion?

As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
 in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
 Why do you hide your face?

Gospel

Luke 9:57-62

'I will follow you wherever you go'

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Tue 2 October

The Holy Guardian Angels

First reading

Exodus 23:20-23

If you are harsh with the widow and orphan, my anger will flare against you

The Lord says this: ‘I myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Give him reverence and listen to all that he says. Offer him no defiance; he would not pardon such a fault, for my name is in him. If you listen carefully to his voice and do all that I say, I shall be enemy to your enemies, foe to your foes. My angel will go before you.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 90(91):1-6,10-11

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
 and abides in the shade of the Almighty
says to the Lord: ‘My refuge,
 my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

It is he who will free you from the snare
 of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;
he will conceal you with his pinions
 and under his wings you will find refuge.

You will not fear the terror of the night
 nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
 nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

Upon you no evil shall fall,
 no plague approach where you dwell.
For you has he commanded his angels,
 to keep you in all your ways.

Gospel

Matthew 18:1-5,10

Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me

The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Mon 1 October

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor

First reading

Isaiah 66:10-14

Towards Jerusalem I send flowing peace, like a river

Rejoice, Jerusalem,
be glad for her, all you who love her!
Rejoice, rejoice for her,
all you who mourned her!

That you may be suckled, filled,
from her consoling breast,
that you may savour with delight
her glorious breasts.

For thus says the Lord:
Now towards her I send flowing
peace, like a river,
and like a stream in spate
the glory of the nations.

At her breast will her nurslings be carried
and fondled in her lap.
Like a son comforted by his mother
will I comfort you.
And by Jerusalem you will be comforted.

At the sight your heart will rejoice,
and your bones flourish like the grass.
To his servants the Lord will reveal his hand.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 130(131)

O Lord, my heart is not proud
 nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great
 nor marvels beyond me.

Truly I have set my soul
 in silence and peace.
A weaned child on its mother’s breast,
 even so is my soul.

O Israel, hope in the Lord
 both now and forever.

Gospel

Matthew 18:1-4

Unless you become like little children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven

The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Sun 30 September

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Numbers 11:25-29

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets!

The Lord came down in the Cloud. He spoke with Moses, but took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the spirit came on them they prophesied, but not again.
Two men had stayed back in the camp; one was called Eldad and the other Medad. The spirit came down on them; though they had not gone to the Tent, their names were enrolled among the rest. These began to prophesy in the camp. The young man ran to tell this to Moses, ‘Look,’ he said ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ Then said Joshua the son of Nun, who had served Moses from his youth, ‘My Lord Moses, stop them!’ Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 18(19):8,10,12-14

The law of the Lord is perfect,
 it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
 it gives wisdom to the simple.

The fear of the Lord is holy,
 abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
 and all of them just.

So in them your servant finds instruction;
 great reward is in their keeping.
But who can detect all his errors?
 From hidden faults acquit me.

From presumption restrain your servant
 and let it not rule me.
Then shall I be blameless,
 clean from grave sin.

Second reading

James 5:1-6

The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheated

An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.

Gospel

Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

Do not stop anyone from working a miracle in my name

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.
‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.
‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put o

Sat 29 September

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

First reading

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

His robe was white as snow

As I watched:
Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held
and the books were opened.

I gazed into the visions of the night.
And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,
one like a son of man.
He came to the one of great age
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty,
glory and kingship,
and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
which shall never pass away,
nor will his empire ever be destroyed.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 137(138):1-5

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:
 you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
 I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love,
 which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
 you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth’s kings shall thank you
 when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways:
 ‘How great is the glory of the Lord!’

Gospel

John 1:47-51

You will see heaven laid open, and the Son of Man

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Fri 28 September

Friday of week 25 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Wenceslaus (Wacław), Martyr , or Saints Laurence Ruiz and his Companions, Martyrs

First reading

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

There is a time for every occupation under heaven

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
A time for giving birth,
 a time for dying;
 a time for planting,
 a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing,
 a time for healing;
 a time for knocking down,
 a time for building.

A time for tears,
 a time for laughter;
 a time for mourning,
 a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away,
 a time for gathering them up;
 a time for embracing,
 a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching,
 a time for losing;
 a time for keeping,
 a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing,
 a time for sewing;
 a time for keeping silent,
 a time for speaking.

A time for loving,
 a time for hating;
 a time for war,
 a time for peace.

What does a man gain for the efforts that he makes? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 143(144):1-4

Blessed be the Lord, my rock.
He is my love, my fortress;
 he is my stronghold, my saviour
my shield, my place of refuge.

Lord, what is man that you care for him,
 mortal man, that you keep him in mind;
man, who is merely a breath
 whose life fades like a passing shadow?

Gospel

Luke 9:18-22

'You are the Christ of God'

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Thu 27 September

Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

First reading

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, to shame the wise

Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 111(112):1-9

Happy the man who fears the Lord,
 who takes delight in all his commands.
His sons will be powerful on earth;
 the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house;
 his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright:
 he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends,
 he conducts his affairs with honour.
The just man will never waver:
 he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news;
 with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
 he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor;
 his justice stands firm for ever.
 His head will be raised in glory.

Gospel

Matthew 9:35-37

The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.
And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

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