Readings for Luke the Evangelist

Isaiah 35.3-6

3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

Psalm 147.1-7

1 Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.3 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.

2 Timothy 4.5-17

5 As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.9 Do your best to come to me soon,10 for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds.15 You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.16 At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them!17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Luke 10.1-9

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Readings for Trinity 18

Isaiah 25.1-9

1 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt.3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,5 the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations;8 he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Philippians 4.1-9

1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 22.1-14

1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Readings for Thursday Mass: Feria

Galatians 3.1-5

1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified!2 The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard?3 Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?4 Did you experience so much for nothing?– if it really was for nothing.5 Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

Luke 11.5-13

5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’7 And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Readings for Harvest Thanksgiving

Deuteronomy 8.7-18

7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills,8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey,9 a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper.10 You shall eat your fill and bless the LORD your God for the good land that he has given you.11 Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.12 When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them,13 and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied,14 then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock,16 and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good.17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.”18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

Psalm 65.1-end

1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,2 O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.6 By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might. 7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.8 Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

2 Corinthians 9.6-end

6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.9 As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others,14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Luke 12.16-30

16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly.17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you– you of little faith!29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

Readings for St Thérèse of Lisieux

Born is 1873, St Thérèse of Lisieux is also known by the name she took when she became a nun, St Therese of the Child Jesus, or more affectionately as ‘The Little Flower’ – a name given to her because of how she lived her life, and she offers us a model of holiness for how we can live our lives too.

She was often sick as a child, but she felt called to the religious life, and after overcoming many obstacles she entered the Carmelite community at Lisieux in Normandy. She became a nun with the determination of becoming a saint. After six years she realised how small and insignificant she felt, and she saw the limitations of her own efforts. From this point she realised that she needed to ask for God’s help.

Through prayer she realised that her means of getting to heaven was by what she called “a little way”. She saw that what matters in life is not great deeds but great love. From this point she lived her life offering small acts of charity and care for others. She accepted criticism, even unjust ones, in silence and she smiled at her fellow nuns who were unpleasant to her. She wanted to show her love by scattering flowers, and these flowers (from which her affectionate “Little Flower” name comes from) are each little sacrifice, every glance or word and doing all of these actions for love. She wanted to give glory to God by being her beautiful self.

She died aged only 24. She lived her life as a cloistered nun, in obscurity, she never went on a mission, she didn’t found a religious community, she did not perform great works; but her ‘Little Way’ that she described in her autobiography The Story of a Soul, has inspired many Christians to live their lives in the pattern of St Therese, and to have ‘love’ as their vocation. In 2015, her parents were also canonised, becoming the first spouses in the Church’s history to be canonised as a couple.

Isaiah 66.10-14

10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her–11 that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom.12 For thus says the LORD: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees.13 As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the LORD is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.

Psalm 130(131)

Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

O Lord, my heart is not proud  nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great  nor marvels beyond me.

Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

Truly I have set my soul  in silence and peace.
A weaned child on its mother’s breast,  even so is my soul.

Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

O Israel, hope in the Lord  both now and forever.

Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

Matthew 18.1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”2 He called a child, whom he put among them,3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Readings for St Michael and All Angels (Patronal Festival)

Revelation 12.7-12

7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back,8 but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.9 The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world– he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.12 Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Psalm 103.9-end

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever.10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12 as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.14 For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust.15 As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field;16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will.22 Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul.

Hebrews 1.5-end

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands;11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing;12 like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.” 13 But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?14 Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

John 1.47-end

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Readings for Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham

Collect

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as in the mystery of the Incarnation the blessed and ever-Virgin Mary conceived your Son in her heart before she conceived him in the womb: so we, your pilgrim people, rejoicing in her motherly care, may welcome him into our hearts and become a holy house fit for his eternal dwelling; we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10

The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said,

‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ 

‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’

Then Isaiah said:

‘Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men without trying the patience of my God, too? The Lord himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.”’

Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-55

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her nothingness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons for ever.

The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

Second Reading: Acts 1:12-14

After Jesus had ascended into heaven, the apostles went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, not more than a Sabbath walk, and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Batholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude the son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her,

‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’

She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her,

‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ 

Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’

‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

Readings for Sunday Mass: Battle of Britain Sunday

1 Maccabees 3:13-23

13 When Seron, the commander of the Syrian forces, heard that Judas had formed a large army of faithful men, 14he said, ‘I will make a reputation for myself and become famous in my kingdom by crushing Judas and his followers, who have scorned the king’s command.’ 15 So Seron organised his troops, a large number of wicked men who sought vengeance on the Israelites.

16 They marched as far as Beth-horon, where Judas went out to meet him with only a few men. 17 When the Israelites saw the advancing army, they said to Judas, ‘How can so few of us flight against an army that is so large and strong? And we are weak, for we have eaten nothing today.’

18Judas replied, ‘It is easy for many to be overpowered by a few, for it makes no difference in God’s sight whether we are saved by few or many. 19 Success in battle depends not on the size of the army but on strength that comes from God. 20 This arrogant and wicked army has come to destroy us, our wives, and our children and to take our belongings. 21 But we will fight for our lives and our laws, 22 and the Lord himself will crush them as we watch. So don’t be afraid of them.’

23 As soon as Judas had finished speaking, he and his troops suddenly charged Seron and his army and overpowered them.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

Matthew 24:3-14

Signs of the End of the Age

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’[a] and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

Persecutions Foretold

“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 Then many will fall away,[c] and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news[d] of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Readings for Thursday Mass: Feria

1 Corinthians 15.1-11

1 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you– unless you have come to believe in vain.3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures,4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures,5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them– though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Psalm 118.1-2,17-20

1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

Luke 7.36-end

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him– that she is a sinner.”40 Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.”41 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?”43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet.46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.47 Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”48 Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”49 But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Readings for Sunday Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross

Numbers 21.4-9

4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”6 Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.8 And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 22.23-28

23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. 25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. 28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Philippians 2.6-11

6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 3.13-17

13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.