Sunday Reading: TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and i will be their Lord forever.
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord…
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos 8:4-7
Theme: The Lord God spoke against those who buy the poor for silver.
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great, and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and sell the refuse of the wheat?” The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”
The word of the Lord
RESPONSORIAL PSALM 113:1-2. 4-6. 7-8 (Rcf. 1a. 7a
- Praise the Lord, who raises the poor from the dust.
- Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! May the name of the LORD be blest both now and forevermore! R.
- High above all nations is the LORD, above the heavens his glory. Who is like the LORD, our God, who dwells on high, who lowers himself to look down upon heaven and earth? R
- From the dust he lifts up the lowly, from the ash heap he raises the poor, to set them in the company of princes, yes, with the princes of his people.R
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 2:1-8
Theme: Prayers should be made for all men to God, who desires all men be saved.
Beloved: First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanks-givings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarrelling.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA 2 Corinthians 8:9
Alleluia. R. AlleluiaThough Jesus Christ was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 16:1-13
Theme: “You cannot serve God and mammon.”
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ And the steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ “And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ “Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ “He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
“The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence; for the sons of this word are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive with favour, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your people, that what they profess with devotion and faith may be theirs through these heavenly mysteries. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON PS 119:4-5
You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept; may my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Graciously raise up, O Lord, those you renew with this Sacrament, that we may come to posses your redemption both in mystery and in the manner of our life. Through Christ our Lord.