Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Ecclesiastes 3.1-11

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What profit has the worker in all his labors?
I have looked at the burden which God
has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in their hearts,
yet man cannot find out the work
that God has done from the beginning to the end.

Responsorial – Psalm 144.1b+2abc, 3-4 Resp. 1

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
My loving kindness, my fortress,
my high tower, my deliverer,
my shield, and he in whom I take refuge.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Lord, what is man, that you care for him?
The son of man, that you think of him?
Man is like a breath.
His days are like a shadow that passes away.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Gospel – Luke 9.18-22

As he was praying alone, the disciples were with him,
and he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They answered, “‘John the Baptist,’ but others say, ‘Elijah,’
and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
But he warned them, and commanded them to tell this to no one,
saying, “The Son of Human must suffer many things,
and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes,
and be killed, and the third day be raised up.”

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