Readings For Friday 27th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gal 3:7-14

Those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham who had faith.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians

Brothers and sisters:
Realize that it is those who have faith
   who are children of Abraham.
Scripture, which saw in advance that God
   would justify the Gentiles by faith,
   foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,
   Through you shall all the nations be blessed.
Consequently, those who have faith are blessed
   along with Abraham who had faith.
For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse;
   for it is written, Cursed be everyone
   who does not persevere in doing all the things
   written in the book of the law.

And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear,
   for the one who is righteous by faith will live.
But the law does not depend on faith;
   rather, the one who does these things will live by them.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,
   for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,
   that the blessing of Abraham might be extended
   to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,
   so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. :

R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
   in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
   exquisite in all their delights.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.

Majesty and glory are his work,
   and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
   gracious and merciful is the LORD.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.

He has given food to those who fear him;
   he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
   giving them the inheritance of the nations.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.

Year 2

First Reading
Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2

The day of the Lord is coming, a day of darkness and of gloom.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel

Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!
   wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
   O ministers of my God!
The house of your God is deprived
   of offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast,
   call an assembly;
Gather the elders,
   all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God,
   and cry to the LORD!

Alas, the day!
   for near is the day of the LORD,
   and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
   sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble,
   for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom,
   a day of clouds and somberness!
Like dawn spreading over the mountains,
   a people numerous and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old,
   nor will it be after them,
   even to the years of distant generations.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9

R. :

R. (9) The Lord will judge the world with justice.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
   I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, Most High.

R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.

You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
   their name you blotted out forever and ever.
The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
   in the snare they set, their foot is caught.

R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.

But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
   he has set up his throne for judgment.
He judges the world with justice;
   he governs the peoples with equity.

R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 12:31b-32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The prince of this world will now be cast out,
and when I am lifted up from the earth
I will draw all to myself, says the Lord.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 11:15-26

If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
   he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
   “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
   and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
   by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
   then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
   his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
   he takes away the armor on which he relied
   and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
   and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
   it roams through arid regions searching for rest
   but, finding none, it says,
   ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
   more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
   and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

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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