Readings For Wednesday 29th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Eph 3:2-12

The mystery of Christ has now been revealed and the Gentiles are coheirs in the promise.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
   that was given to me for your benefit,
   namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,
   as I have written briefly earlier.
When you read this
   you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
   which was not made known to human beings in other generations
   as it has now been revealed
   to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
   that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,
   and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace
   that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
   to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
   and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
   hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
   so that the manifold wisdom of God
   might now be made known through the Church
   to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
   that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
   in whom we have boldness of speech
   and confidence of access through faith in him.


Responsorial Psalm
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R. :

R. (see 3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

God indeed is my savior;
   I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
   and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
   at the fountain of salvation.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
   among the nations make known his deeds,
   proclaim how exalted is his name.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
   let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
   for great in your midst
   is the Holy One of Israel!

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Year 2

First Reading
Rom 6:12-18

Present yourselves sto God as raised from the dead.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies
   so that you obey their desires.
And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin
   as weapons for wickedness,
   but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life
   and the parts of your bodies to God
   as weapons for righteousness. 
For sin is not to have any power over you,
   since you are not under the law but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law
   but under grace?  
Of course not!
Do you not know that if you present yourselves
   to someone as obedient slaves,
   you are slaves of the one you obey,
   either of sin, which leads to death,
   or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin,
   you have become obedient from the heart
   to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.
Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8

R. :

R. (8a) Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Had not the LORD been with us,
   let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us?
When men rose up against us,
   then would they have swallowed us alive;
When their fury was inflamed against us.

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
   over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
   a prey to their teeth.

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

We were rescued like a bird
   from the fowlers’ snare;
Broken was the snare,
   and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
   who made heaven and earth.

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 24:42a, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 12:39-48

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
   if the master of the house had known the hour
   when the thief was coming,
   he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
   for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
   “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
   “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
   whom the master will put in charge of his servants
   to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
   in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
   ‘My master is delayed in coming,’
   and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
   to eat and drink and get drunk,
   then that servant’s master will come
   on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
   and will punish the servant severely
   and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
   but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
   shall be beaten severely;
   and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
   but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
   shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
   and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

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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