Readings: Thursday, November 13, 2014

First Reading

 

First Reading: Philemon 7-20

Beloved: 
I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, 
because the hearts of the holy ones 
have been refreshed by you, brother. 
Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ 
to order you to do what is proper, 
I rather urge you out of love, 
being as I am, Paul, an old man, 
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. 
I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, 
whose father I have become in my imprisonment, 
who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me. 
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. 
I should have liked to retain him for myself, 
so that he might serve me on your behalf 
in my imprisonment for the Gospel, 
but I did not want to do anything without your consent, 
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary. 
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, 
that you might have him back forever, 
no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, 
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, 
as a man and in the Lord. 
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me. 
And if he has done you any injustice 
or owes you anything, charge it to me. 
I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay. 
May I not tell you that you owe me your very self. 
Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord. 

Responsorial Psalm

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10

R./ Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. 
       or: Alleluia. 

The Lord secures justice for the oppressed, 
gives food to the hungry. 
The Lord sets captives free. 
R./ Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. 
       or: Alleluia. 

The Lord gives sight to the blind. 
The Lord raises up those who were bowed down; 
the Lord loves the just. 
The Lord protects strangers. 
R./ Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. 
       or: Alleluia. 

The fatherless and the widow he sustains, 
but the way of the wicked he thwarts. 
The Lord shall reign forever; 
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R./ Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. 
       or: Alleluia.

Holy Gospel

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 17:20-25

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, "The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe and say of it: 'Look, here it is! There it is!' See, the kingdom of God is among you."

And Jesus said to his disciples, "The time is at hand when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you: 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this people."