Readings Thursday Week 28 Ordinary Time

First Reading
Rom 3:21-30

A person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
   though testified to by the law and the prophets,
   the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
   for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
   all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
   through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
   whom God set forth as an expiation,
   through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
   because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
   through the forbearance of God?
   to prove his righteousness in the present time,
   that he might be righteous
   and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out.
On what principle, that of works?
No, rather on the principle of faith.
For we consider that a person is justified by faith
   apart from works of the law.
Does God belong to Jews alone?
Does he not belong to Gentiles, too?
Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one
   and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith
   and the uncircumcised through faith.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 130:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab

R. :

R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
   LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to my voice in supplication.

R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
   Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
   that you may be revered.

R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

I trust in the LORD;
   my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD
   more than sentinels wait for the dawn.

R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 11:47-54

The blood of the prophets is required, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
   whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
   to the deeds of your ancestors,
   for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
   “I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
   some of them they will kill and persecute?
   in order that this generation might be charged
   with the blood of all the prophets
   shed since the foundation of the world,
   from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
   who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
   began to act with hostility toward him
   and to interrogate him about many things,
   for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

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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