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

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Ephesians 4.1-6

Brothers and sisters:
I, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner
worthy of the calling with which you were called,
with all lowliness and humility, with patience,
bearing with one another in love;
being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit,
even as you also were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in us all.

Responsorial – Psalm 24.1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 Resp. 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.

Gospel Luke 12.54-59

Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising from the west,
immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it happens.
When a south wind blows, you say, ‘There will be a scorching heat,’ and it happens.
You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky,
how is it that you do not interpret the present time?
Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?

When you are going with your accuser before the magistrate,
try diligently to be released from him on the way,
lest he drag you to the judge,
and the judge hands you over to the officer,
and the officer throws you into prison.
I tell you, you will by no means get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

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