Readings: Thursday, November 7, 2013

First Reading

First Reading: Rom 14:7-12

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if 
we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the
Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For
this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord
of both the dead and the living. Why then do you judge your
brother or sister? Or you, why do you look down on your
brother or sister? For we shall all stand before the judgment
seat of God; for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1bcde, 4, 13–14

R./ I believe that I shall see the good things 
     of the Lord in the land of the living.

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./ I believe that I shall see the good things 
     of the Lord in the land of the living.

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./ I believe that I shall see the good things 
     of the Lord in the land of the living.

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./ I believe that I shall see the good things 
     of the Lord in the land of the living.

Holy Gospel

Gospel Reading: Lk 15:1-10

Tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what he had to say. But the Pharisees and the scribes frowned at this, muttering. "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So Jesus told them this parable:

"Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and seek out the lost one till he finds it? And finding it, will he not joyfully carry it home on his shoulders? Then he will call his friends and neighbors together and say: 'Celebrate with me for I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you, just so, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent.

"What woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one, will not light a lamp and sweep the house in a thorough search till she finds the lost coin? And finding it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say: 'Celebrate with me for I have found the silver coin I lost!' I tell you, in the same way there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner."