(25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
LIFE TO ME IS CHRIST
According to my expectation and hope; that in nothing I shall be confounded, but with all confidence, as always, so now also shall Christ be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
For me, to live is Christ: and to die is gain.
And if to live in the flesh, this is to me the fruit of labour, and what I shall choose I know not.
But I am straitened between two: having a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ, a thing by far better.
But to abide still in the flesh, is needful for you.
Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you, or, being absent, may hear of you, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind labouring together for the faith of the gospel.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.