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

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Galatians 3.7-14

Brothers and sisters:
Know therefore that those who are of faith, they are children of Abraham.
The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the Faith beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.”
So then, those who are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse.
For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue
in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
Now that no one is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.”
The law is not of faith, but, “The doer of them will live by them.”
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.
For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,”
that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,
that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Responsorial – Psalm 111.1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 Resp. 5

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
The Lord’s works are great,
pondered by all who delight in them.

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant.

His work is honor and majesty.
His righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and merciful.

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant.

He has given food to those who fear him.
He always remembers his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant.

Gospel – Luke 11.15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said,
“He casts out demons through Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.”
Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven.
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation.
A house divided against itself falls.
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?

For you say that I cast out demons through Beelzebul,
but if I cast out demons through Beelzebul,
by whom do your sons cast them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.

But if by the finger of God I cast out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come to you.
When the strong one, fully armed, guards his own dwelling,
his goods are at peace.
But when someone stronger attacks him and overcomes him,
he takes from him his whole armor on which he depended
and divides his plunder.
The one that is not with me is against me.
The one who does not gather with me scatters.

When the unclean spirit has gone out of a human,
it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none, says,
‘I will turn back to my house from which I came out.’
When it returns, it finds it swept and put in order.
Then it goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than itself,
and they enter in and dwell there.
The last state of the human becomes worse than the first.”

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