Readings For Thursday 21st Week In Ordinary Time

First Reading
1 Cor 1:1-9

In him you were enriched in every way.

A reading from the beginning of the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
   and Sosthenes our brother,
   to the Church of God that is in Corinth,
   to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,
   with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
   and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always on your account
   for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
   that in him you were enriched in every way,
   with all discourse and all knowledge,
   as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
   so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
   as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
   irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
   and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps. 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

R. (1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Every day will I bless you,
   and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable.

R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Generation after generation praises your works
   and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
   and tell of your wondrous works.

R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
   and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
   and joyfully sing of your justice.

R. I will praise your name for ever, 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.

Mt 24:42-51

Stay awake!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this:
   if the master of the house
   had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
   he would have stayed awake
   and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
   for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant,
   whom the master has put in charge of his household
   to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
   and begins to beat his fellow servants,
   and eat and drink with drunkards,
   the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day
   and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely
   and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
   where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

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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