Readings For Friday 25th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Eccl 3:1-11

There is a time for everything under the heavens.

A reading from the Book of Ecclesiasties

There is an appointed time for everything,
   and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
   a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
   a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
   a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
   a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
   a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
   a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
   a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
   for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
   and has put the timeless into their hearts,
   without man’s ever discovering,
   from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 144:1b and 2abc, 3-4

R. :

R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
   my mercy and my fortress,
   my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

LORD, what is man, that you notice him;
   the son of man, that you take thought of him?
Man is like a breath;
   his days, like a passing shadow.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Year 1

First Reading
Hg 2:1-9

One moment yet and I will fill this house with glory.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Haggai

In the second year of King Darius,
   on the twenty-first day of the seventh month,
   the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:
   Tell this to the governor of Judah,
   Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
   and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak,
   and to the remnant of the people:

      Who is left among you
         that saw this house in its former glory?
      And how do you see it now?
         Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?
      But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD,
         and take courage, Joshua, high priest, son of Jehozadak,
      And take courage, all you people of the land,
         says the LORD, and work!
         For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts.
      This is the pact that I made with you
         when you came out of Egypt,
      And my spirit continues in your midst;
         do not fear!
         For thus says the LORD of hosts:
      One moment yet, a little while,
         and I will shake the heavens and the earth,
         the sea and the dry land.
      I will shake all the nations,
         and the treasures of all the nations will come in,
      And I will fill this house with glory,
         says the LORD of hosts.
      Mine is the silver and mine the gold,
         says the LORD of hosts.
      Greater will be the future glory of this house
         than the former, says the LORD of hosts;
      And in this place I will give you peace,
         says the LORD of hosts!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4

R. :

R. (5) Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight
   against a faithless people;
   from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.

R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

For you, O God, are my strength.
   Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
   with the enemy oppressing me?

R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Send forth your light and your fidelity;
   they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
   to your dwelling place.

R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Then will I go in to the altar of God,
   the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
   O God, my God!

R. Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

Gospel Acclamation
Mk 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 9:18-22

You are the Christ of God. The Son of Man must suffer greatly.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
   and the disciples were with him,
   he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
   still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
   and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
   and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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