Readings for Thursday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Phlm 7-20

Have him back, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon

Beloved:
I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love,
   because the hearts of the holy ones
   have been refreshed by you, brother.
Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ
   to order you to do what is proper,
   I rather urge you out of love,
   being as I am, Paul, an old man,
   and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.
I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
   whose father I have become in my imprisonment,
   who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me.
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
   so that he might serve me on your behalf
   in my imprisonment for the Gospel,
   but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
   so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
   that you might have him back forever,
   no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother,
   beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
   as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
And if he has done you any injustice
   or owes you anything, charge it to me.
I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay.
May I not tell you that you owe me your very self.
Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord.
Refresh my heart in Christ.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10

R. :

R. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD secures justice for the oppressed,
   gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
   the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.

R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
   but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
   your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Year 2

First Reading
Wis 7:22b-8:1

For wisdom is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God.

A reading from the Book of Wisdom

In Wisdom is a spirit
   intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
   clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
   unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
   all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
   though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
   and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
   and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
   therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
   the spotless mirror of the power of God,
   the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
   and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
   she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
   and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
   for that, indeed, night supplants,
   but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
   and governs all things well.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175

R. :

R. (89a) Your word is for ever, O Lord.

Your word, O LORD, endures forever;
   it is firm as the heavens.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

Through all generations your truth endures;
   you have established the earth, and it stands firm.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

According to your ordinances they still stand firm:
   all things serve you.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

The revelation of your words sheds light,
   giving understanding to the simple.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

Let your countenance shine upon your servant,
   and teach me your statutes.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

Let my soul live to praise you,
   and may your ordinances help me.

R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 15:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:
whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 17:20-25

The Kingdom of God is among you.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
   and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,
   “The days will come when you will long to see
   one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
   ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
   and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
   so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

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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