Readings: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

First Reading


First Reading: Eph 3:2–12

Brothers and sisters: 
You have heard of the stewardship of God's grace 
          that was given to me for your benefit, 
          namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation, 
          as I have written briefly earlier. 
When you read this 
          you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 
          which was not made known to human beings in other generations 
          as it has now been revealed 
          to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 
          that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body, 
          and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. 
Of this I became a minister by the gift of God's grace 
          that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power. 
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, 
          to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, 
          and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery 
          hidden from ages past in God who created all things, 
          so that the manifold wisdom of God 
          might now be made known through the Church 
          to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. 
This was according to the eternal purpose 
          that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 
          in whom we have boldness of speech 
          and confidence of access through faith in him.

Responsorial Psalm


Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R./ You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

God indeed is my savior; 
          I am confident and unafraid. 
My strength and my courage is the Lord, 
          and he has been my savior. 
With joy you will draw water 
          at the fountain of salvation. 
R./ You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name; 
          among the nations make known his deeds, 
          proclaim how exalted is his name. 
R./ You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement; 
          let this be known throughout all the earth. 
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, 
          for great in your midst 
          is the Holy One of Israel! 
R./ You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Holy Gospel


Gospel Reading: Lk 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples, "Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect."

Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.

"But it may be that the steward thinks: 'My Lord delays in coming,' and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn't know. He will discharge his servant and number him among the unreliable.

"The servant who knew his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more."