ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 95:6-7
O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God.
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord.
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 58:7-10
Theme: “Your light shall break forth like the dawn.”
Thus says the LORD: “Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, cover him, and do not hide yourself from your own flesh. Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour your self out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 112:4-5. 6-7. 8a and 9 (R. 4a)
- A light rises in the darkness for the upright.
- A light rises in the darkness for the upright; he is generous, merciful and just. It goes well for the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. R.
- He will never be moved; forever shall the just be remembered. He has no fear of evil news; with a firm heart, he trusts in the Lord. R.
- With a steadfast heart he will not fear. Open-handed, he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm forever. His might shall be exalted in glory. R
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 2:1-5
Theme: “I have told you of the mystery of Christ crucified.”
When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA John 8:12
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; he who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:13-16
Theme: “You are the light of the world.”
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
O Lord, our God, who once established these created things to sustain us in our frailty, grant, we pray, that they may become for us now the Sacrament of eternal life. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 107:8-9
Let them thank the LORD for his mercy, his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
O God, who have willed that we be partakers in the one bread and the one chalice, grant us, we pray, so to live that, made one in Christ, we may joyfully bear fruit for the salvation of the world. Through Christ our Lord.