Readings For Friday 23rd Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27

I have become all things to all, to save at least some.

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

Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
   for an obligation has been imposed on me,
   and woe to me if I do not preach it!
If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
   but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of charge
   so as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all,
   I have made myself a slave to all
   so as to win over as many as possible.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
All this I do for the sake of the Gospel,
   so that I too may have a share in it.

Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race,
   but only one wins the prize?
Run so as to win.
Every athlete exercises discipline in every way.
They do it to win a perishable crown,
   but we an imperishable one.
Thus I do not run aimlessly;
   I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.
No, I drive my body and train it,
   for fear that, after having preached to others,
   I myself should be disqualified.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12

R. :

R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

My soul yearns and pines
   for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh
   cry out for the living God.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Even the sparrow finds a home,
   and the swallow a nest
   in which she puts her young—
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
   my king and my God!

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Blessed they who dwell in your house!
   continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
   their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

For a sun and a shield is the LORD God;
   grace and glory he bestows;
The LORD withholds no good thing
   from those who walk in sincerity.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Year 2

First Reading
1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14

I was once a blasphemer, but I have been mercifully treated.

A reading from the beginning of the first Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior
   and of Christ Jesus our hope,
   to Timothy, my true child in faith:
   grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
   and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
   because he considered me trustworthy
   in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
   but I have been mercifully treated
   because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
   along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

R. :

R. (see 5) You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
   I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
   you it is who hold fast my lot.

R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
   even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
   with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

You will show me the path to life,
   fullness of joys in your presence,
   the delights at your right hand forever.

R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.


Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 17:17b, 17a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 6:39-42

Can a blind person guide a blind person?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus told his disciples a parable:
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
   but when fully trained,
   every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
   but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
   ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
   when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
   then you will see clearly
   to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

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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