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Wed 10 October

Wednesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Galatians 2:1-2,7-14

They recognised the grace that God had given me

It was not till fourteen years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. I went with Barnabas and took Titus with me. I went there as the result of a revelation, and privately I laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans; I did so for fear the course I was adopting or had already adopted would not be allowed. On the contrary, they recognised that I had been commissioned to preach the Good News to the uncircumcised just as Peter had been commissioned to preach it to the circumcised. The same person whose action had made Peter the apostle of the circumcised had given me a similar mission to the pagans. So, James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership: we were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised. The only thing they insisted on was that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious to do.
When Cephas came to Antioch, however, I opposed him to his face, since he was manifestly in the wrong. His custom had been to eat with the pagans, but after certain friends of James arrived he stopped doing this and kept away from them altogether for fear of the group that insisted on circumcision. The other Jews joined him in this pretence, and even Barnabas felt himself obliged to copy their behaviour.
When I saw they were not respecting the true meaning of the Good News, I said to Cephas in front of everyone, ‘In spite of being a Jew, you live like the pagans and not like the Jews, so you have no right to make the pagans copy Jewish ways.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 116(117)

O praise the Lord, all you nations,
 acclaim him all you peoples!

Strong is his love for us;
 he is faithful for ever.

Gospel

Luke 11:1-4

How to pray

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’
He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray:
‘“Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.”’


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Tue 9 October

Tuesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time, or Saints Denis, Bishop, and his Companions, Martyrs , or Saint John Leonardi, Priest

First reading

Galatians 1:13-24

God called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me

You must have heard of my career as a practising Jew, how merciless I was in persecuting the Church of God, how much damage I did to it, how I stood out among other Jews of my generation, and how enthusiastic I was for the traditions of my ancestors.
Then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans. I did not stop to discuss this with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me, but I went off to Arabia at once and later went straight back from there to Damascus. Even when after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days, I did not see any of the other apostles; I only saw James, the brother of the Lord, and I swear before God that what I have just written is the literal truth. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia, and was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judaea, who had heard nothing except that their one-time persecutor was now preaching the faith he had previously tried to destroy; and they gave glory to God for me.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 138(139):1-3,13-15

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.

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.

Already you knew my soul,
 my body held no secret from you
when I was being fashioned in secret
 and moulded in the depths of the earth.

Gospel

Luke 10:38-42

Martha works; Mary listens

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’


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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 8 October

Monday of week 27 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Galatians 1:6-12

The Good News I preached is not a human message but from Jesus Christ

I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. I am only repeating what we told you before: if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned. So now whom am I trying to please – man, or God? Would you say it is men’s approval I am looking for? If I still wanted that, I should not be what I am – a servant of Christ.
The fact is, brothers, and I want you to realise this, the Good News I preached is not a human message that I was given by men, it is something I learnt only through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 110(111):1-2,7-10

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
 in the meeting of the just and their assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord,
 to be pondered by all who love them.

His works are justice and truth,
 his precepts are all of them sure,
standing firm for ever and ever;
 they are made in uprightness and truth.

He has sent deliverance to his people
 and established his covenant for ever.
Holy his name, to be feared.
 His praise shall last for ever!

Gospel

Luke 10:25-37

The good Samaritan

There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? What do you read there?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus ‘do this and life is yours.’
But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said “and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands‘ hands?’ ‘The one who took pity on him’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’


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Sun 7 October

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Genesis 2:18-24

A man and his wife become one body

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed:
‘This at last is bone from my bones,
and flesh from my flesh!
This is to be called woman,
for this was taken from man.’

This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 127(128)

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
 and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat.
 You will be happy and prosper.

Your wife like a fruitful vine
 in the heart of your house;
your children like shoots of the olive,
 around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed
 the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
 in a happy Jerusalem
 all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children.
 On Israel, peace!

Second reading

Hebrews 2:9-11

The one who sanctifies is the brother of those who are sanctified

We see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind.
As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers.

Gospel

Mark 10:2-16+

What God has united, man must not divide

Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’
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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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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.

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