Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Philippians 4.10-19

Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice in the Lord greatly,
that now at length you have revived your concern for me.
You were indeed concerned, but you lacked opportunity.
Not that I say this because of need,
for I have learned to be content in whatever state I am.
I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to have an abundance.
In everything and in all things,
I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
However you did well to share in my affliction.

You Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the Gospel,
when I departed from Macedonia,
no Church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone.
For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my need.
Not that I seek for the gift, but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account.
But I have all things, and abound. I am filled,
having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you,
a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.
My God will supply every need of yours according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial – Psalm 112.1b-2, 5-6, 8a+9 Resp. 1b

R. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. or R. Alleluia!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who delights greatly in his commandments.
His seed will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.

R. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. or R. Alleluia!

It goes well for the man who deals graciously and lends.
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
For he will never be shaken.
The righteous will be remembered forever.

R. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. or R. Alleluia!

His heart is established; he will not be afraid.
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
His righteousness endures forever.
His horn will be exalted with honor.

R. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord. or R. Alleluia!

Gospel - Luke 16.9-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I say to you: Make friends for yourselves with the Mammon of injustice,
so that when it is eclipsed, they will accept you into eternal dwellings.

The faithful one in little things is also faithful in great things.
and the unjust one in little things, is also unjust in great things.

If then you have not become faithful in the unjust Mammon,
who will trust you with what is true?
And if you have not become faithful in what is another's,
who will give you what is your own?

No housekeeper can serve two lords:
for either they will hate one and love the other,
or attend to one and neglect the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon."

Hearing this, the Pharisees who really were money-lovers derided him.
And he said to them,
“You are justifying yourselves in the sight of humans, but God knows your hearts,
for that which is high among humans is an abomination in the sight of God.”

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