Thursday Week 27 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Mal 3:13-20b

The day is coming, blazing like an oven.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi

You have defied me in word, says the LORD,
   yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”
You have said, “It is vain to serve God,
   and what do we profit by keeping his command,
And going about in penitential dress
   in awe of the LORD of hosts?
Rather must we call the proud blessed;
   for indeed evildoers prosper,
   and even tempt God with impunity.”
Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,
   and the LORD listened attentively;
And a record book was written before him
   of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name.
And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,
   my own special possession, on the day I take action.
And I will have compassion on them,
   as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
Then you will again see the distinction
   between the just and the wicked;
Between the one who serves God,
   and the one who does not serve him.
For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,
   when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,
And the day that is coming will set them on fire,
   leaving them neither root nor branch,
   says the LORD of hosts.
But for you who fear my name, there will arise
   the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 And 6

R. :

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
   the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
   nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
   and meditates on his law day and night.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

He is like a tree
   planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
   and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Not so the wicked, not so;
   they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
   but the way of the wicked vanishes.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
See Acts 16:14b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 11:5-13

Ask and you will receive.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
   to whom he goes at midnight and says,
   ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
   for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
   and I have nothing to offer him,’
   and he says in reply from within,
   ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
   and my children and I are already in bed.
   I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
   because of their friendship,
   he will get up to give him whatever he needs
   because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
   seek and you will find;
   knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
   and the one who seeks, finds;
   and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father  among you would hand his son a snake
   when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
   know how to give good gifts to your children,
   how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
   to those who ask him?”

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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