Reading 1 1 Tm 4:12-16
Beloved:Let no one have contempt for your youth,but set an example for those who believe,in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching.Do not neglect the gift you have,which was conferred on you through the prophetic wordwith the imposition of hands by the presbyterate.Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them,so that your progress may be evident to everyone.Attend to yourself and to your teaching;persevere in both tasks,for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:7-8, 9, 10
R.(2) How great are the works of the Lord!The works of his hands are faithful and just;sure are all his precepts,Reliable forever and ever,wrought in truth and equity.R. How great are the works of the Lord!He has sent deliverance to his people;he has ratified his covenant forever;holy and awesome is his name.R. How great are the works of the Lord!The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;prudent are all who live by it.His praise endures forever.R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Alleluia Mt 11:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,and I will give you rest, says the Lord.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 7:36-50
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.Now there was a sinful woman in the citywho learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,she stood behind him at his feet weepingand began to bathe his feet with her tears.Then she wiped them with her hair,kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,"If this man were a prophet,he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,that she is a sinner."Jesus said to him in reply,"Simon, I have something to say to you.""Tell me, teacher," he said."Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.Which of them will love him more?"Simon said in reply,"The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven."He said to him, "You have judged rightly."Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,"Do you see this woman?When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,but she has bathed them with her tearsand wiped them with her hair.You did not give me a kiss,but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.You did not anoint my head with oil,but she anointed my feet with ointment.So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;hence, she has shown great love.But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."The others at table said to themselves,"Who is this who even forgives sins?"But he said to the woman,"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Januarius, please go here.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Tm 3:14-16
Beloved:I am writing you,although I hope to visit you soon.But if I should be delayed,you should know how to behave in the household of God,which is the Church of the living God,the pillar and foundation of truth.Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,Who was manifested in the flesh,vindicated in the spirit,seen by angels,proclaimed to the Gentiles,believed in throughout the world,taken up in glory.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R.(2) How great are the works of the Lord!I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heartin the company and assembly of the just.Great are the works of the LORD,exquisite in all their delights.R. How great are the works of the Lord!Majesty and glory are his work,and his justice endures forever.He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;gracious and merciful is the LORD.R. How great are the works of the Lord!He has given food to those who fear him;he will forever be mindful of his covenant.He has made known to his people the power of his works,giving them the inheritance of the nations.R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Alleluia See Jn 6:63c, 68c
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life,you have the words of everlasting life.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 7:31-35
Jesus said to the crowds:"To what shall I compare the people of this generation?What are they like?They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.'For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,and you said, 'He is possessed by a demon.'The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."
Posted: September 18, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13
Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,married only once, temperate, self-controlled,decent, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,not contentious, not a lover of money.He must manage his own household well,keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,how can he take care of the Church of God?He should not be a recent convert,so that he may not become conceitedand thus incur the Devil's punishment.He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil's trap.Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.Moreover, they should be tested first;then, if there is nothing against them,let them serve as deacons.Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,but temperate and faithful in everything.Deacons may be married only onceand must manage their children and their households well.Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standingand much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6
R.(2) I will walk with blameless heart.Of mercy and judgment I will sing;to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.I will persevere in the way of integrity;when will you come to me?R. I will walk with blameless heart.I will walk with blameless heart,within my house;I will not set before my eyesany base thing.R. I will walk with blameless heart.Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,him will I destroy.The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heartI will not endure.R. I will walk with blameless heart.My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,that they may dwell with me.He who walks in the way of integrityshall be in my service.R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Alleluia Lk 7:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia.A great prophet has arisen in our midstand God has visited his people.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 7:11-17
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.As he drew near to the gate of the city,a man who had died was being carried out,the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.A large crowd from the city was with her.When the Lord saw her,he was moved with pity for her and said to her,“Do not weep.”He stepped forward and touched the coffin;at this the bearers halted,and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”The dead man sat up and began to speak,and Jesus gave him to his mother.Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”and “God has visited his people.”This report about him spread through the whole of Judeaand in all the surrounding region.
For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, please go here.
Posted: September 17, 2019, 9:30 am
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