November 1 - Solemnity of All Saints

Today's Readings

Reading 1 - Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun,
having the seal of the living God;
and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels,
to whom it had been given to harm the land and the sea,

“Do not harm the land, nor the sea, nor the trees,
until we seal the servants of our God upon their foreheads.”

And I heard the number of those who were sealed,
one hundred forty-four thousand were sealed,
from every tribe of the sons of Israel.

After this I looked, and behold: a great crowd,
who no one could count,
from all nations and tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes and with palms in their hands.
And they cried with a loud voice, saying:

“Salvation is with our God, who sits upon the throne,
and with the Lamb.”

And all the angels stood around the throne,
with the elders and the four living creatures;
and they fell down on their faces before the throne,
and worshipped God, saying:

“Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving,
and honor and power and might
to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

And someone answered from the elders, saying to me,
“These who are clothed in white robes, who are they and where did they come from?”

And I told him, “You know, my lord.”
And he told me:
They have come from the great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.

Responsorial - Psalm 24.1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and its inhabitants.
For he founded it upon the seas;
and upon the rivers made it firm.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
He who, with innocent hands and a clean of heart,
has not lifted up his soul to useless things.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

He shall receive a blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from God his Savior.
This is the nature of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

Reading 2 - 1 John 3.1-3

Do you see what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called the children of God?
And so we are.

For this reason the world does not know us:
because it did not know him.
Beloved, we are now the children of God;
and what we shall be has not yet appeared.
We know that, when it does appear,
we shall be like to him:
because we shall see him just as he is.

And everyone who has this hope in him,
purifies themself, just as he is pure.

Gospel - Matthew 5.1-12a

Jesus, seeing the crowds, went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his disciples came to him,
and opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the land.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for the sake of justice,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you
and speak all that is evil against you, falsely, because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward in heaven is great.

Monday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Romans 11.29-36

Brothers and Sisters:
The gifts and the call of God are not regretted.

For as you also in times past did not obey God,
but now have obtained mercy,
through their disobedience;

So also now they have not obeyed,
(for your mercy)
so that they also may now be given mercy.

For God has gathered all in disobedience,
so that he can be merciful to all.

O the depth of the riches and of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!
How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!

For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become his advisor?
Or who has given to him first
that he could be repaid?

For from him, and through him, and in him, all things are:
to him be glory forever. Amen.

Responsorial - Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36; Resp: 16

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

But I am poor and sorrowful:
Your salvation, O God, protects me.
I will praise the name of God with a song,
and I will magnify him with praise.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

Let the poor see and rejoice:
seek God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord has heard the poor:
and has not despised his prisoners.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

For God will save Zion,
and the cities of Judah will be built up.
And they shall dwell there, and inherit it.
And the descendents of his servants shall possess it;
and those who love his name will dwell there.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

Gospel - Luke 14.12-14

When Jesus went into the house of one of the chief of the Pharisees,
on the Sabbath, to eat bread,
he said to the one who had invited him:
When you have a meal or a banquet,
Do not call your friends or your brothers
or your relatives, or your rich neighbors,
lest perhaps they also invite you in return, and you are repaid.

But when you put on a feast,
invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind,
and you shall be blessed, because they do not have the ability to repay you:
for you will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Malachi 1.14b-2.2b, 8-10
I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts,
and my name is dreadful among the nations.

And now, this commandment is for you, O Priests:
If you will not listen,
and if you will not take it to heart,
in order to give glory to my name, says the Lord of hosts,
I will send poverty upon you,
and I will curse your blessings; I will curse them.

For you have left the way,
and have scandalized many in the law;
you have made void the covenant of Levi,
says the Lord of hosts.
I have therefore made you contemptible,
and base before all people,
just as you have not kept my ways,
and took personages into account in the law.

Do we not all have one Father?
Has not one God created us?
Why then does each one of us despise his brother,
violating the covenant of our fathers?

Responsorial - Psalm 131.1, 2, 3 Response: Ps 31.1a, see John 14.27

R. In you, O Lord, I have your peace.

Lord, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes lofty.
Neither have I walked among the great,
nor among wonderful things above me.

R. In you, O Lord, I have your peace.

Have I not calmed and quieted my soul
Like a child upon his mother?
Like a weaned child
thus is my soul.

R. In you, O Lord, I have your peace.

O Israel, hope in the Lord,
from this moment until forever.

R. In you, O Lord, I have your peace.

Reading 2 - 1 Thessalonians 2.7b-9, 13

We became children in your midst, as a nursing mother cherishes her children,
Loving you so much that we willingly shared with you
not only the Gospel of God but even our own souls
for you had become beloved to us.
For you remember, brothers and sisters, our labor and toil.
Working night and day, lest we burden any of you,
we preached among you the Gospel of God.

Therefore, we give thanks to God unceasingly
that, when you had received the word of God by hearing us,
you took it not as a human word, but (as it truly is) the word of God,
who also is working in you believers.

Gospel - Matthew 23.1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, saying:
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have sat in the chair of Moses.
Therefore, observe and do all things whatsoever they say to you,
but do not act according to their works.
For they speak and do not act.
For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens
and lay them on the shoulders of humans:
but they do not wish to move them with their own finger.
They do all their works for the attention of humans.
For they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge their fringes.
And they love the first places at feasts and the first chairs in the synagogues,
and salutations in the marketplace, and to be called by humans, ‘Rabbi’.
But as for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’.
For one is your teacher, and you are all brothers.
And do not call your father upon the earth,
For one is your Heavenly Father.
And do not be called masters: for your master is one: the Christ.
But the greatest of you, will be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Romans 11.1-2a, 11-12, 25-29

Brothers and sisters:
I ask, therefore, has God cast away his people?
Not at all!
For I too am an Israelite, from the seed of Abraham,
from the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not cast away his people, whom he foreknew.
Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah,
how he intervenes with God against Israel?

I ask, therefore, did they stumble so that they would fall?
Not at all!
But rather that by their fall,
there might be salvation for the Gentiles,
so that they would be jealous of them.
But if their fall is a windfall for the world,
and their deficiency a windfall for the Gentiles;
how much more their fullness?

For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery,
(lest you be wise in your own eyes),
that the stubbornness in part of Israel has happened
until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in.
And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written:

There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer,
who shall turn away impiety from Jacob.
And this for them is my covenant
when I shall take away their sins.

Indeed, with respect to the gospel, they are enemies because of you,
but with respect to the election,
they are loved because of their fathers.
For the gifts and the call of God are not regretted.

Responsorial - Psalm 94.12-13a, 14-15, 17-18 Resp. 14a

R. The Lord will not forsake his people

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O Lord:
and teach with your law.
So that you may give him rest from the evil days

R. The Lord will not forsake his people

For the Lord will not cast off his people:
nor forsake his own inheritance.
For judgement will return to justice,
and all the upright of heart will follow it.

R. The Lord will not forsake his people

Unless the Lord had been my helper,
my soul would have dwelt in Sheol.
When I said: My foot is moved:
your mercy, O Lord, assisted me.

R. The Lord will not forsake his people

Gospel - Luke 14.1, 7-11

When Jesus went into the house of one of the chief of the Pharisees, on the Sabbath, to eat bread, they were watching him carefully.

So he told a parable to them who were invited,
noticing how they chose the highest seats at the table,
saying to them:

"When you are invited to a wedding,
do not sit down in the highest place,
since perhaps someone more honorable than you has been invited,
for the one who invited you both will come and say to you,
'Give this man your place',
and then you will go with shame to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited,
go, sit down in the lowest place,
so that when he who invited you, comes, he may say to you,
'Friend, go up higher.'
Then you shall be respected by those who sit at table with you.

Because everyone who exalts themself, shall be humbled;
but those who humble themself, shall be exalted.