Readings for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

First Reading
Wis 11:22-12:2

You have mercy on all because you love all things that are.

A reading from the Book of Wisdom

Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance
   or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
   and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent.
For you love all things that are
   and loathe nothing that you have made;
   for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
   or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours,
   O LORD and lover of souls,
   for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
   warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
   that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14

R. :

R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

I will extol you, O my God and King,
   and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
   and I will praise your name forever and ever.

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
   and compassionate toward all his works.

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
   and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
   and speak of your might.

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is faithful in all his words
   and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
   and raises up all who are bowed down.

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Second Reading
2 Thes 1:11-2:2

May the name of Christ be glorified in you and you in him.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

Brothers and sisters:
We always pray for you,
   that our God may make you worthy of his calling
   and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose
   and every effort of faith,
   that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,
   and you in him,
   in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask you, brothers and sisters,
   with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
   and our assembling with him,
   not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed
   either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,
   or by a letter allegedly from us
   to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 3:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 19:1-10

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
   who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
   was seeking to see who Jesus was;
   but he could not see him because of the crowd,
   for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
   who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
   “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
   for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
   “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
   “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
   and if I have extorted anything from anyone
   I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
   “Today salvation has come to this house
   because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
   and to save what was lost.”

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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