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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 6:6-11)

(Week 23 of the year: Monday)

THEY WERE WATCHING JESUS TO SEE IF HE WOULD CURE A MAN ON THE SABBATH.

On the sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure a man on the sabbath, hoping to find something to use against him.

But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up! Come out into the middle.” And he came out and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I put it to you: is it against the law on the sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?” Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was better. But they were furious, and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 23:27-32)

YOU ARE THE SONS OF THOSE WHO MURDERED THE PROPHETS.

Jesus said, “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of corruption. In the same way you appear to people from the outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

“Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who build the sepulchres of the prophets and decorate the tombs of holy men, saying, ‘We would never have joined in shedding the blood of the prophets, had we lived in our fathers’ day.’ So! Your own evidence tells against you! You are the sons of those who murdered the prophets! Very well then, finish off the work that your fathers began.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 23:23-26)

YOU SHOULD HAVE PRACTISED THESE MATTERS OF THE LAW, WITHOUT NEGLECTING THE OTHERS.

Jesus said, “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who pay your tithe of mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law – justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others. You blind guides! Staining out gnats and swallowing camels!

“Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You who clean the outside of the cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance. Blind Pharisee! Clean the inside of cup and dish first so that the outside may become clean as well.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 23:13-22)

ALAS FOR YOU, BLIND GUIDES!

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said: “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut up the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go in who want to.

“Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when you have him you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.

“Alas for you, blind guides! You who say, ‘If a man swears by the Temple, it has no force; but if a man swears by the gold of the Temple, he is bound.’ Fools and blind! For which is of greater worth, the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? Or else, ‘If a man swears by the altar it has no force; but if a man swears by the offering that is on the altar, he is bound.’ You blind men! For which is of greater worth, the offering or the altar that makes the offering sacred? Therefore, when a man swears by the altar he is swearing by that and by everything on it. And when a man swears by the Temple he is swearing by that and by the One who dwells in it. And when a man swears by heaven he is swearing by the throne of God and by the One who is seated there.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 23:1-12)

(Week 20 of the year: Saturday)

THEY DO NOT PRACTISE WHAT THEY PREACH

Addressing the people and his disciples, Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people calling them Rabbi.

“You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one Master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 15:1-2, 10-14)

ANY PLANT MY FATHER HAS NOT PLANTED WILL BE PULLED UP BY THE ROOTS.

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, “Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat food.”

He called the people to him and said, “Listen, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make a man unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes him unclean.”

Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard what you said?” He replied, “Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone. They are blind men leading blind men; and if one blind man leads another, both will fall into a pit.”

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R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 12:38-42)

THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH WILL RISE UP WITH THIS GENERATION AND CONDEMN IT.

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. “Master,” they said, “we should like to see a sign from you.” Jesus replied, “It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Niniveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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