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

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Ephesians 3.2-12

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God
which was given to me for you;
how, by revelation, the mystery was made known to me.
as I wrote before in a few words.
When you read you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ.
In other generations, it was not made known
to the sons and daughters of humans,
as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit:
that the Gentiles are fellow heirs,
and fellow members of the body,
and fellow partakers of his promise
in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

Of which I was made a servant,
according to the gift of that grace of God
which was given to me according to the working of his power.
To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given:
to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
and to bring to light for everyone the economy of the mystery
which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;
so that now through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to
the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places,
according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord;
in whom we have boldness and confident access through our faith in him.

Responsorial – Isaiah 12.2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 Resp. 3

R. With joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Behold, God is my salvation.
I will trust and will not be afraid;
for the Lord, the Lord, is my strength and song;
and he has become my salvation.
Therefore with joy you will draw water
out of the wells of salvation.

R. With joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord! Call on his name.
Declare his deeds among the nations.
Proclaim that his name is exalted!

R. With joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Sing to the Lord, for he has done excellent things!
Let this be known in all the earth!
Cry aloud and shout, you inhabitant of Zion;
For great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel.

R. With joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Gospel – Luke 12.39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“But know this: if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming,
he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Human is coming
at an hour that you do not expect.”

Peter said to him, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?”
The Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward,
whom his master will set over his household,
to give them their portion of food at the right times?
Blessed is that servant whom his master will find doing so when he comes.
Truly I tell you, that he will set him over all that he has.
But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master delays his coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
and to eat and drink, and to be drunken,
then the master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect,
and at an hour that he does not know,
and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful.
That servant, who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare or do his will,
will be beaten much,
but he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will be beaten little.
To whomever much is given, much will be sought from them,
and to whom much was entrusted, more will be asked from them.

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