Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
[From the descendants of Alexander's officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks.In those days there appeared in Israelmen who were breakers of the law,and they seduced many people, saying:"Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us."The proposal was agreeable;some from among the people promptly went to the king,and he authorized them to introduce the way of livingof the Gentiles.Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalemaccording to the Gentile custom.They covered over the mark of their circumcisionand abandoned the holy covenant;they allied themselves with the Gentilesand sold themselves to wrongdoing.Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,each abandoning his particular customs.All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king,and many children of Israel were in favor of his religion;they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev,in the year one hundred and forty-five,the king erected the horrible abominationupon the altar of burnt offeringsand in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars.They also burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and burnt.Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant,and whoever observed the law,was condemned to death by royal decree.But many in Israel were determinedand resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean foodor to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.Terrible affliction was upon Israel.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
R. (see 88) Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.Indignation seizes me because of the wickedwho forsake your law.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.Though the snares of the wicked are twined about me,your law I have not forgotten.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.Redeem me from the oppression of men,that I may keep your precepts.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.I am attacked by malicious persecutorswho are far from your law.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.Far from sinners is salvation,because they seek not your statutes.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.I beheld the apostates with loathing,because they kept not to your promise.R. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.
Alleluia Jn 8:12
R. Allelujia, alleluia.I am the light of the world, says the Lord;whoever follows me will have the light of life.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 18:35-43As Jesus approached Jerichoa blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.They told him,"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"The people walking in front rebuked him,telling him to be silent,but he kept calling out all the more,"Son of David, have pity on me!"Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;and when he came near, Jesus asked him,"What do you want me to do for you?"He replied, "Lord, please let me see."Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."He immediately received his sightand followed him, giving glory to God.When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
Posted: November 20, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.She puts her hands to the distaff,and her fingers ply the spindle.She reaches out her hands to the poor,and extends her arms to the needy.Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Give her a reward for her labors,and let her works praise her at the city gates.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
R. (cf. 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.Blessed are you who fear the LORD,who walk in his ways!For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;blessed shall you be, and favored.R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.Your wife shall be like a fruitful vinein the recesses of your home;Your children like olive plantsaround your table.R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.Behold, thus is the man blessedwho fears the LORD.The LORD bless you from Zion:may you see the prosperity of Jerusalemall the days of your life.R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Reading 2 1 Thes 5:1-6Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will comelike a thief at night.When people are saying, "Peace and security, "then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape.But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the lightand children of the day.We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,but let us stay alert and sober.
Alleluia Jn 15:4a, 5b
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord.Whoever remains in me bears much fruit.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 25:14-30Jesus told his disciples this parable:"A man going on a journeycalled in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away.Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,and made another five.Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the groundand buried his master's money.After a long timethe master of those servants came backand settled accounts with them.The one who had received five talents came forwardbringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.'His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters,I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.'His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters,I will give you great responsibilities.Come, share your master's joy.'Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person,harvesting where you did not plantand gathering where you did not scatter;so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.'His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant!So you knew that I harvest where I did not plantand gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bankso that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has,more will be given and he will grow rich;but from the one who has not,even what he has will be taken away.And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'"
Posted: November 19, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9
When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood.Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,after they beheld stupendous wonders.For they ranged about like horses,and bounded about like lambs,praising you, O Lord! their deliverer.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.Sing to him, sing his praise,proclaim all his wondrous deeds.Glory in his holy name;rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.Then he struck every first born throughout their land,the first fruits of all their manhood.And he led them forth laden with silver and gold,with not a weakling among their tribes.R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.For he remembered his holy wordto his servant Abraham.And he led forth his people with joy;with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.
Alleluia See 2 Thes 2:14
R. Alleluia, alleluia.God has called us through the Gospel,to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 18:1-8Jesus 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: November 18, 2017, 9:30 am
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