Readings: Monday, September 17, 2012

First Reading


First Reading: 1 Corinthians  11:17-26, 33

Brothers and sisters: 
In giving this instruction, I do not praise the fact 
          that your meetings are doing more harm than good. 
First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Church 
          there are divisions among you, 
          and to a degree I believe it; 
          there have to be factions among you 
          in order that also those who are approved among you 
          may become known. 
When you meet in one place, then, 
          it is not to eat the Lord's supper, 
          for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper, 
          and one goes hungry while another gets drunk. 
Do you not have houses in which you can eat and drink? 
Or do you show contempt for the Church of God 
          and make those who have nothing feel ashamed? 
What can I say to you?  Shall I praise you? 
In this matter I do not praise you. 
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, 
          that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, 
          took bread and, after he had given thanks, 
          broke it and said, "This is my Body that is for you. 
Do this in remembrance of me." 
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 
          "This cup is the new covenant in my Blood. 
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." 
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, 
          you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, 
          when you come together to eat, wait for one another.

Responsorial Psalm


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm    40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17

R./ Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, 
          but ears open to obedience you gave me. 
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not; 
          then said I, "Behold I come." 
R./ Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me, 
To do your will, O my God, is my delight, 
          and your law is within my heart!" 
R./ Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

I announced your justice in the vast assembly; 
          I did not restrain my lips, as you, O Lord, know. 
R./ Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

May all who seek you 
          exult and be glad in you 
And may those who love your salvation 
          say ever, "The Lord be glorified." 
R./ Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

Holy Gospel


Gospel Reading: Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished teaching to the people, he went to Capernaum.
There was a captain whose servant was very sick and near to death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some elders of the Jews to persuade him to come and save his servant's life. The elders came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, saying, "He deserves this of you, for he loves our people and even built a synagogue for us."

Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the captain sent friends to give this message, "Sir, do not trouble yourself for I am not worthy to welcome you under my roof. You see I didn't approach you myself. Just give the order and my servant will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers and I say to this one: 'Go,' and he goes; and to the other: 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant: 'Do this,' and he does it."

On hearing these words, Jesus was filled with admiration. He turned and said to the people with him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith." The people sent by the captain went back to his house; there they found that the servant was well.