Fri 30 September

Saint Jerome, Priest, Doctor

First reading

2 Timothy 3:14-17

All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching

You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 118(119):9-14

How shall the young remain sinless?
 By obeying your word.
I have sought you with all my heart;
 let me not stray from your commands.

I treasure your promise in my heart
 lest I sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
 teach me your statutes.

With my tongue I have recounted
 the decrees of your lips.
I rejoiced to do your will
 as though all riches were mine.

Gospel

Matthew 13:47-52

The fishermen collect the good fish and throw away those that are no use

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’


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Thu 29 September

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

First reading

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

His robe was white as snow

As I watched:
Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held
and the books were opened.

I gazed into the visions of the night.
And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,
one like a son of man.
He came to the one of great age
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty,
glory and kingship,
and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
which shall never pass away,
nor will his empire ever be destroyed.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 137(138):1-5

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:
 you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
 I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love,
 which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
 you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth’s kings shall thank you
 when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways:
 ‘How great is the glory of the Lord!’

Gospel

John 1:47-51

You will see heaven laid open, and the Son of Man

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’


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Wed 28 September

Wednesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr , or Saints Laurence Ruiz and his Companions, Martyrs

First reading

Job 9:1-13,14-16

How can man be in the right against God?

Job spoke to his friends:
Indeed, I know it is as you say:
 how can man be in the right against God?
If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons,
 one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
 who then can successfully defy him?
He moves the mountains, though they do not know it;
 he throws them down when he is angry.
He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place,
 making all its pillars tremble.
The sun, at his command, forbears to rise,
 and on the stars he sets a seal.
He and no other stretched out the skies,
 and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.
The Bear, Orion too, are of his making,
 the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
His works are great, beyond all reckoning,
 his marvels, past all counting.
Were he to pass me, I should not see him,
 nor detect his stealthy movement.
Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him,
 or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’

How dare I plead my cause, then,
 or choose arguments against him?
Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
 For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
If he deigned to answer my citation,
 could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 87(88):10-15

I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
 to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
 Will the shades stand and praise you?

Will your love be told in the grave
 or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
 or your justice in the land of oblivion?

As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
 in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
 Why do you hide your face?

Gospel

Luke 9:57-62

'I will follow you wherever you go'

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.