Readings Friday Week 11 OT

First Reading
2 Cor 11:18, 21-30

Apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.

A reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.
To my shame I say that we were too weak!

But what anyone dares to boast of
   (I am speaking in foolishness)
   I also dare.
Are they Hebrews? So am I.
Are they children of Israel? So am I.
Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
Are they ministers of Christ?
(I am talking like an insane person).
I am still more, with far greater labors,
   far more imprisonments, far worse beatings,
and numerous brushes with death.
Five times at the hands of the Jews
   I received forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,
   three times I was shipwrecked,
   I passed a night and a day on the deep;
   on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers,
   dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race,
   dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city,
   dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea,
   dangers among false brothers;
   in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights,
   through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings,
   through cold and exposure.
And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me
   of my anxiety for all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak?
Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant?

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 

R. :

R. (see 18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
   the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just

Glorify the LORD with me,
   let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
   and delivered me from all my fears.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
   and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.

R. From all their distress God rescues the just


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 6:19-23 

For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
   where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
   where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
   but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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