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

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Philippians 2.12-18

My beloved, even as you have always obeyed,
not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence,
work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work, for his good purpose.
Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
that you may become blameless and harmless,
children of God, faultless in the midst of a crooked and warped kind,
among whom you are seen as lights in the world, holding up the word of life;
that I may have something to boast on the day of Christ,
that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrifice and offering of your faith,
I rejoice, and rejoice with all of you.
In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.

Responsorial – Psalm 27.1, 4, 13-14 Resp. 1a

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

One thing have I desired of the LORD,
this will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to study in his temple.

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be of good courage.
He will strengthen your heart. Wait for the LORD.

R. The LORD is my light and my salvation.

Gospel – Luke 14.25-33

Huge crowds were going along with Jesus.
He turned and said to them,
“If anyone comes to me, and does not hate their own father and mother
and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even their own soul also,
they cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not bear their own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost,
to see if they have enough to complete it?
Otherwise, when they have laid a foundation, and is not able to finish,
everyone who sees begins to mock them, saying,
‘This human began to build, and was not able to finish.’
Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war,
will not sit down first and consider whether he is able
with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
If not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for terms of peace.
So therefore any of you who does not renounce all that they have cannot be my disciple.

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