Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Corinthians 1.1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God,
and our brother Sosthenes,
to the Church of God at Corinth;
those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,
with all who, in every place, call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord and ours.

Grace to you and peace,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always concerning you,
for the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus,
that in everything you are enriched in him,
in all speech and all knowledge.
Just as the martyrdom of Christ was established in you.
Therefore you are not lacking in any gift,
awaiting the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who will also establish you until the end,
blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is the God through whom you were called into
fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Responsorial – Psalm 145.2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 1

R. Lord, I will bless your name forever.

Every day I will bless you,
and I will praise your name forever; yea, forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and of his greatness there is no end.

R. Lord, I will bless your name forever.

Generation upon generation will praise your works
and declare your power.
They will speak of the magnificence of your glorious holiness:
and tell of your wondrous works.

R. Lord, I will bless your name forever.

Humans will speak of the might of your awesome acts.
I will declare your greatness.
They will utter the memory of your great goodness,
and will sing of your righteousness.

R. Lord, I will bless your name forever.

Gospel – Matthew 24.42-51

Jesus said to his disciples:
Stay awake! For you do not know what day your Lord is coming.
But know this: if the master of the house had known
in what watch of the night the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake,
and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for in an hour that you do not expect,
the Son of Human will come.

Who then is the faithful and wise servant,
whom his master has set over his household,
to give them their food in due season?
Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing so when he comes.
Amen I tell you that he will set him over all that he has.
But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards,
the master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect,
and at an hour he does not know,
and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites,
where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.

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