Readings: Thursday, November 3, 2016

First Reading

 

First Reading: Philippians 3:3-8a

Brothers and sisters:
We are the circumcision, 
we who worship through the Spirit of God, 
who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh, 
although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh. 
If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I. 
Circumcised on the eighth day, 
of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, 
a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage, 
in observance of the law a Pharisee, 
in zeal I persecuted the Church, 
in righteousness based on the law I was blameless. 
But whatever gains I had, 
these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. 
More than that, I even consider everything as a loss 
because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R./ Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. or: Alleluia. 

Sing to him, sing his praise, 
proclaim all his wondrous deeds. 
Glory in his holy name; 
rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord! 
R./ Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. or: Alleluia. 

Look to the Lord in his strength; 
seek to serve him constantly. 
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, 
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. 
R./ Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. or: Alleluia. 

You descendants of Abraham, his servants, 
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 
He, the Lord, is our God; 
throughout the earth his judgments prevail. 
R./ Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. or: Alleluia.

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."

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