Readings: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Reading

 

First Reading: Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me: 
“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: 
“‘The one who has the seven spirits of God 
and the seven stars says this: “I know your works, 
that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 
Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, 
for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent. 
If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, 
and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you. 
However, you have a few people in Sardis 
who have not soiled their garments; 
they will walk with me dressed in white, 
because they are worthy. 
“‘The victor will thus be dressed in white, 
and I will never erase his name from the book of life 
but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father 
and of his angels. 
“‘Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” 
“To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write this: 
“‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, 
the source of God’s creation, says this: 
“I know your works; 
I know that you are neither cold nor hot. 
I wish you were either cold or hot. 
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, 
I will spit you out of my mouth. 
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ 
and yet do not realize that you are wretched, 
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 
I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, 
and white garments to put on 
so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, 
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. 
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. 
Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 
“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. 
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, 
then I will enter his house and dine with him, 
and he with me. 
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, 
as I myself first won the victory 
and sit with my Father on his throne. 
“‘Whoever has ears ought to hear 
what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Responsorial Psalm

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5

R./ I will seat the victor beside me on my throne. 

He who walks blamelessly and does justice; 
who thinks the truth in his heart 
and slanders not with his tongue. 
R./ I will seat the victor beside me on my throne. 

Who harms not his fellow man, 
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; 
By whom the reprobate is despised, 
while he honors those who fear the Lord. 
R./ I will seat the victor beside me on my throne. 

Who lends not his money at usury 
and accepts no bribe against the innocent. 
He who does these things 
shall never be disturbed. 
R./ I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

Holy Gospel

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 19:1-10

When Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the city, a man named Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there e would be able to see Jesus who had to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house today." So Zaccheus hurried down and received him joyfully.

"All the people who saw it began to grumble and said, 'He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest." But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, "The half of my goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much." Looking at him jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has cone to seek and to save the lost."