Readings For Friday 24th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Cor 15:12-20

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain.

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

Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
   how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
If there is no resurrection of the dead,
   then neither has Christ been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching;
   empty, too, your faith.
Then we are also false witnesses to God,
   because we testified against God that he raised Christ,
   whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised,
   and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain;
   you are still in your sins.
Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
   we are the most pitiable people of all.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
   the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 17:1bcd, 6-7, 8b and 15

R. :

R. (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
   attend to my outcry;
   hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me; hear my word.
Show your wondrous mercies,
   O savior of those who flee
   from their foes to refuge at your right hand.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings,
But I in justice shall behold your face;
   on waking, I shall be content in your presence.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Tm 6:2c-12

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
   and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
   and the religious teaching
   is conceited, understanding nothing,
   and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
   and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
   who are deprived of the truth,
   supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
   just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
   and into many foolish and harmful desires,
   which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
   and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
   and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
   faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
   to which you were called when you made the noble confession
   in the presence of many witnesses.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 49: 6-7, 17-18, 19-20

R. :

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Why should I fear in evil days
   when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
   the abundance of their riches is their boast.

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Yet in no way can a man redeem himself;
   or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
   to remain alive always and not see destruction.

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Fear not when a man grow rich,
   when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
   his wealth shall not follow him down.

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
   “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
   who shall never more see light.

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 8:1-3

Accompanying them were some women, who provided for them out of their resources.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
   preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
   and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
   Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
   Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
   Susanna, and many others
   who provided for them out of their resources.

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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