Readings: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Reading


First Reading: Philippians 2:12-18

My beloved, obedient as you have always been, 
not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, 
work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 
For God is the one who, for his good purpose, 
works in you both to desire and to work. 
Do everything without grumbling or questioning, 
that you may be blameless and innocent, 
children of God without blemish 
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, 
among whom you shine like lights in the world, 
as you hold on to the word of life, 
so that my boast for the day of Christ may be 
that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 
But, even if I am poured out as a libation 
upon the sacrificial service of your faith, 
I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. 

Responsorial Psalm


In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14

R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation. 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
whom should I fear? 
The Lord is my life’s refuge; 
of whom should I be afraid? 
R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation.

One thing I ask of the Lord; 
this I seek: 
To dwell in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life, 
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord 
and contemplate his temple. 
R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation. 

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord 
in the land of the living. 
Wait for the Lord with courage; 
be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. 
R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Holy Gospel


Gospel Reading: Lk 14:25–33

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, 
and he turned and addressed them, 
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, 
wife and children, brothers and sisters, 
and even his own life, 
he cannot be my disciple. 
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me 
cannot be my disciple. 
Which of you wishing to construct a tower 
does not first sit down and calculate the cost 
to see if there is enough for its completion? 
Otherwise, after laying the foundation 
and finding himself unable to finish the work 
the onlookers should laugh at him and say, 
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down 
and decide whether with ten thousand troops 
he can successfully oppose another king 
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 
But if not, while he is still far away, 
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 
In the same way, 
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions 
cannot be my disciple.”