Readings Monday Week 23 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Col 1:24:2:3

I am a minister of the Church to bring to completion the mystery hidden from ages past.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
   and in my flesh I am filling up
   what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
   on behalf of his Body, which is the Church,
   of which I am a minister
   in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me
   to bring to completion for you the word of God,
   the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.
But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
   to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
   of this mystery among the Gentiles;
   it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim,
   admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
   that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle,
   in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.

For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you
   and for those in Laodicea
   and all who have not seen me face to face,
   that their hearts may be encouraged
   as they are brought together in love,
   to have all the richness of assured understanding,
   for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
   in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 62:6-7, 9

R. :

R. (8) In God is my safety and my glory.

Only in God be at rest, my soul,
   for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
   my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.

R. In God is my safety and my glory.

Trust in him at all times, O my people!
   Pour out your hearts before him;
   God is our refuge!

R. In God is my safety and my glory.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 6:6-11

The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
   and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
   to see if he would cure on the sabbath
   so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
   and said to the man with the withered hand,
   “Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
   “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
   rather than to do evil,
   to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
   “Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
   and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

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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