Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49
Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?"You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.So, too, it is written,"The first man, Adam, became a living being,"the last Adam a life-giving spirit.But the spiritual was not first;rather the natural and then the spiritual.The first man was from the earth, earthly;the second man, from heaven.As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly.Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one,we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 56:10c-12, 13-14
R. (14) I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.Now I know that God is with me.In God, in whose promise I glory,in God I trust without fear;what can flesh do against me?R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.I am bound, O God, by vows to you;your thank offerings I will fulfill.For you have rescued me from death,my feet, too, from stumbling;that I may walk before God in the light of the living.R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
Alleluia See Lk 8:15
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heartand yield a harvest through perseverance.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 8:4-15
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after anotherjourneying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. "A sower went out to sow his seed.And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,and the birds of the sky ate it up.Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,it withered for lack of moisture.Some seed fell among thorns,and the thorns grew with it and choked it.And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,it produced fruit a hundredfold."After saying this, he called out,"Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."Then his disciples asked himwhat the meaning of this parable might be.He answered,"Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Godhas been granted to you;but to the rest, they are made known through parablesso that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand."This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.Those on the path are the ones who have heard,but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their heartsthat they may not believe and be saved.Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,receive the word with joy, but they have no root;they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.As for the seed that fell among thorns,they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,embrace it with a generous and good heart,and bear fruit through perseverance."
Posted: September 22, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13
Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all.But grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ's gift. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,for building up the Body of Christ,until we all attain to the unity of faithand knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the extent of the full stature of Christ.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5
R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.The heavens declare the glory of God;and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.Day pours out the word to day,and night to night imparts knowledge.R. Their message goes out through all the earth.Not a word nor a discoursewhose voice is not heard;Through all the earth their voice resounds,and to the ends of the world, their message.R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Alleluia See Te Deum
R. Alleluia, alleluia.We praise you, O God,we acclaim you as Lord;the glorious company of Apostles praise you.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 9:9-13
As Jesus passed by,he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.He said to him, "Follow me."And he got up and followed him.While he was at table in his house,many tax collectors and sinners cameand sat with Jesus and his disciples.The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,"Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"He heard this and said,"Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.Go and learn the meaning of the words,I desire mercy, not sacrifice.I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
Posted: September 21, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11
I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once,most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.After that he appeared to James,then to all the Apostles.Last of all, as to one born abnormally,he appeared to me.For I am the least of the Apostles,not fit to be called an Apostle,because I persecuted the Church of God.But by the grace of God I am what I am,and his grace to me has not been ineffective.Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them;not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me.Therefore, whether it be I or they,so we preach and so you believed.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28
R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,for his mercy endures forever.Let the house of Israel say,"His mercy endures forever."R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good."The right hand of the LORD is exalted;the right hand of the LORD has struck with power."I shall not die, but live,and declare the works of the LORD.R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.You are my God, and I give thanks to you;O my God, I extol you.R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
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."
Posted: September 20, 2018, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB