Readings: All Souls Day: Commemoration of the All Faithful Departed.

First Reading

First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The LORD GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”

Responsorial Psalm

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 103:8,10,13-14,15-16,17-18

R./ The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger, and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R./ The Lord is kind and merciful.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
R./ The Lord is kind and merciful.

Man’s days are like those of grass;
like a flower of the field he blooms;
The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
and his place knows him no more.
R./ The Lord is kind and merciful.

But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity,
to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children’s children
among those who keep his covenant
and remember to fulfill his precepts.
R./ The Lord is kind and merciful.

Second Reading

Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:20-24,25-28

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those
who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just
as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his
coming, those who belong to Christ; [then comes the end, when
he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father. For he must
reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last
enemy to be destroyed is death, for “he subjected everything
under his feet.” But when it says that everything has been
subjected, it is clear that it excludes the one who subjected
everything to him. When everything is subjected to him, then
the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected
everything to him, so that God may be all in all.]

Holy Gospel

GospelMatthew 11:25-30

On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.

"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.