Readings Saturday Week 21 Ordinary Time

First Reading
1 Thes 4:9-11

You have been taught by God to love one another.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
   you have no need for anyone to write you,
   for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
   and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
   to mind your own affairs,
   and to work with your own hands,
   as we instructed you.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9

R. :

R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
   for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
   his holy arm.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Let the sea and what fills it resound,
   the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
   the mountains shout with them for joy.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Before the LORD, for he comes,
   for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
   and the peoples with equity.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 23:9b, 10b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You have but one Father in heaven;
You have but one master, the Christ.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 25:14-30

Since you have been faithful in small matters, come, share your master’s joy.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“A man going on a journey
   called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—
   to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
   and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
   and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
   the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
   came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
   ‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
   I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
   ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
   harvesting where you did not plant
   and gathering where you did not scatter;
   so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
   and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
   so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
  more will be given and he will grow rich;
   but from the one who has not,
   even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”

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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