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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.

Wed 26 September

Wednesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time, or Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

First reading

Proverbs 30:5-9

Give me neither riches nor poverty, only my share

Every word of God is unalloyed,
 he is the shield of those who take refuge in him.
To his words make no addition,
 lest he reprove you and know you for a fraud.

Two things I beg of you,
 do not grudge me them before I die:
keep falsehood and lies far from me,
 give me neither poverty nor riches,
 grant me only my share of bread to eat,
for fear that surrounded by plenty, I should fall away
 and say, ‘the Lord – who is the Lord?’
or else, in destitution, take to stealing
 and profane the name of my God.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 118(119):28,72,89,101,104,163

My soul pines away with grief;
 by your word raise me up.
The law from your mouth means more to me
 than silver and gold.

Your word, O Lord, for ever
 stands firm in the heavens:
I turn my feet from evil paths
 to obey your word.

I gain understanding from your precepts
 and so I hate false ways.
Lies I hate and detest
 but your law is my love.

Gospel

Luke 9:1-6

'Take nothing for the journey'

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.


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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 25 September

Tuesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13

On wickedness and virtue

Like flowing water is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord,
 who turns it where he pleases.

A man’s conduct may strike him as upright,
 the Lord, however, weighs the heart.

To act virtuously and with justice
 is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice.

Haughty eye, proud heart,
 lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin.

The hardworking man is thoughtful, and all is gain;
 too much haste, and all that comes of it is want.

To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue,
 such the idle fantasy of those who look for death.

The wicked man’s soul is intent on evil,
 he looks on his neighbour with dislike.

When a mocker is punished, the ignorant man grows wiser,
 when a wise man is instructed he acquires more knowledge.

The Just One watches the house of the wicked:
 he hurls the wicked to destruction.

He who shuts his ear to the poor man’s cry
 shall himself plead and not be heard.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 118(119):1,27,30,34-35,44

They are happy whose life is blameless,
 who follow God’s law!
Make me grasp the way of your precepts
 and I will muse on your wonders.

I have chosen the way of truth
 with your decrees before me.
Train me to observe your law,
 to keep it with my heart.

Guide me in the path of your commands;
 for there is my delight.
I shall always keep your law
 for ever and ever.

Gospel

Luke 8:19-21

'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God'

The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’


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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 24 September

Monday of week 25 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Proverbs 3:27-34

The Lord blesses the home of the virtuous

My son, do not refuse a kindness to anyone who begs it,
 if it is in your power to perform it.
Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go away! Come another time!
 I will give it you tomorrow’, if you can do it now.
Do not plot harm against your neighbour
 as he lives unsuspecting next door.
Do not pick a groundless quarrel with a man
 who has done you no harm.
Do not emulate the man of violence,
 never model your conduct on his;
for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord,
 who confides only in honest men.
The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked,
 but he blesses the home of the virtuous.
He mocks those who mock,
 but accords his favour to the humble.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 14(15):2-5

Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue.

He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord.

He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.

Gospel

Luke 8:16-18

Anyone who has will be given more

Jesus said to the crowds:
‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’


This site copyright © 1996-2018 Universalis Publishing Ltd.

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 23 September

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Wisdom 2:12,17-20

The wicked prepare to ambush the just man

The godless say to themselves:

‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us
and opposes our way of life,
reproaches us for our breaches of the law
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.

‘Let us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.
If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part
and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 53(54):3-6,8

O God, save me by your name;
 by your power, uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
 listen to the words of my mouth.

For proud men have risen against me,
 ruthless men seek my life.
 They have no regard for God.

But I have God for my help.
 The Lord upholds my life.
I will sacrifice to you with willing heart
 and praise your name for it is good.

Second reading

James 3:16-4:3

The wisdom that comes from above makes for peace

Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.

Gospel

Mark 9:30-37

Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.
They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little c

Sat 22 September

Saturday of week 24 in Ordinary Time, or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49

The resurrected body is heavenly by nature

Someone may ask, ‘How are dead people raised, and what sort of body do they have when they come back?’ They are stupid questions. Whatever you sow in the ground has to die before it is given new life and the thing that you sow is not what is going to come; you sow a bare grain, say of wheat or something like that, It is the same with the resurrection of the dead: the thing that is sown is perishable but what is raised is imperishable; the thing that is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; the thing that is sown is weak but what is raised is powerful; when it is sown it embodies the soul, when it is raised it embodies the spirit.
If the soul has its own embodiment, so does the spirit have its own embodiment. The first man, Adam, as scripture says, became a living soul; but the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. That is, first the one with the soul, not the spirit, and after that, the one with the spirit. The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven. As this earthly man was, so are we on earth; and as the heavenly man is, so are we in heaven. And we, who have been modelled on the earthly man, will be modelled on the heavenly man.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 55(56):10-14

My foes will be put to flight
 on the day that I call to you.
This I know, that God is on my side.

In God, whose word I praise,
 in the Lord whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not fear;
 what can mortal man do to me?

I am bound by the vows I have made you.
 O God, I will offer you praise
for you have rescued my soul from death,
 you kept my feet from stumbling
that I may walk in the presence of God
 and enjoy the light of the living.

Gospel

Luke 8:4-15

The parable of the sower

With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, Jesus used this parable:
‘A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into rich soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’
His disciples asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, ‘The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you; for the rest there are only parables, so that
they may see but not perceive,
listen but not understand.

‘This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity. As for the

Fri 21 September

Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist

First reading

Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13-

We are all to come to unity, fully mature in the knowledge of the Son of God

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. To some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 18(19):2-5

The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
 and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
 and night unto night makes known the message.

No speech, no word, no voice is heard
 yet their span extends through all the earth,
 their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

Gospel

Matthew 9:9-13

It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick

As Jesus was walking on, he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.
While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’


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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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