Readings: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

First Reading


First Reading: Ephesians  6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 
Honor your father and mother. 
This is the first commandment with a promise, 
          that it may go well with you 
          and that you may have a long life on earth. 
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, 
          but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. 
Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, 
          in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, 
          not only when being watched, as currying favor, 
          but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 
          willingly serving the Lord and not men, 
          knowing that each will be requited from the Lord 
          for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.  
Masters, act in the same way towards them, and stop bullying, 
          knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven 
          and that with him there is no partiality.

Responsorial Psalm


Responsorial Psalm: Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14

R./ The Lord is faithful in all his words.

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, 
          and let your faithful ones bless you. 
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom 
          and speak of your might. 
R./ The Lord is faithful in all his words.

Making known to men your might 
          and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom. 
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages, 
          and your dominion endures through all generations. 
R./ The Lord is faithful in all his words.

The Lord is faithful in all his words 
          and holy in all his works. 
The Lord lifts up all who are falling 
          and raises up all who are bowed down. 
R./ The Lord is faithful in all his words.

Holy Gospel


Gospel Reading: Lk 13:22-30

Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?"

And Jesus answered, "Do your best to enter by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you will stand outside; then you will knock at the door calling: 'Lord, open to us.' But he will say to you: 'I do not know where you come from.'

"Then you will say: We ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets! But he will reply: 'I don't know where you come from. Away from me all you workers of evil.'

"You will weep and grind your teeth when you see Abraham and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves left outside. 
"Others will sit at table in the kingdom of God, people coming from east and west, from north and south. Some who are among the last will be the first, and others who were first will be last!"

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