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33rd Week of Extraordinary Time

 

First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

A reading from the book of Proverbs.

A perfect love — who can find her?

She is valued far beyond pearls,

Instilling confidence in her partner’s heart,

providing no small profit,

bringing advantage and not hurt

all the days of their lives;

Always busy with wool and with flax,

doing her work with willing hands;

setting her hands to the distaff,

fingers grasping the spindle;

Holding out a hand to the poor,

greeting the needy with open arms.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty;

but those who reverence Our God

are deserving of praise.

Give them a share in what their hands have worked for,

and let their works tell their praises at the city gates.

The Word of God. R. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 128

Response: Blessed are those who fear the Most High.

O blessed are those who fear the Most High / and walk in God’s ways!

You will eat what your hands have worked for. / Happy will you be and favored.

R: Blessed are those who fear the Most High.

You will be like a fruitful vine / in the heart of your house;

Your children like the shoots of the olive tree / around your table.

R: Blessed are those who fear the Most High.

Indeed thus will be blessed / the one who fears Our God.

May Our God bless you from Zion / all the days of your life!

May you see your children’s children in a happy Jerusalem! / On Israel, peace!

R: Blessed are those who fear the Most High.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

But as to specific times and eras, sisters and brothers, you do not need me to tell you anything — you know very well that the Day of God is coming like a thief in the night. Just when people are saying, “At last we have peace and security,” then destruction will fall on them with the suddenness of labor pains, and there will be no escape.

But you, sisters and brothers, are not in the dark. The Day of God will not catch you like a thief. No, you all are children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the darkness or the night. So let’s not be asleep as others are — let’s be awake and sober!

The Word of God. R. Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA!

ALLELUIA!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus told this parable to the disciples, “Again, it is like a wealthy landowner who was going on a journey and called in three workers, entrusting some funds to them. The first was given five thousand dollars, the second two thousand, and the third one thousand, according to each one’s ability.

Then the landowner went away. Immediately the worker who received the five thousand went and invested it and made another five. In the same way, the worker who received the two thousand doubled that figure. But the worker who received the one thousand instead went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried the money.

“After a long absence, the traveler returned home and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five thousand came forward bringing the additional five, saying, ‘You entrusted me with five thousand; here are five thousand more.’

The landowner said, ‘Well done! You are a good and faithful worker. Since you were dependable in a small matter, I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share my joy!’

“The one who had received the two thousand then stepped forward with the additional two, saying, ‘You entrusted me with two thousand; here are two thousand more.’

“The landowner said to this one, ‘Cleverly done! You too are a good and faithful worker. Since you were dependable in a small matter, I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share my joy!’

“Finally the one who had received the one thousand stepped forward, and said to the landowner, ‘Knowing your ruthlessness, you who reap where you did not sow and gather where you did not scatter, and fearing your wrath, I went off and buried your thousand dollars. Here is your money back.’

“The landowner exclaimed, ‘You worthless, lazy lout! You know that I reap where I do not sow and gather where I do not scatter, do you? All the more reason to deposit my money with the bankers, so that on my return I could have had it back with interest! You, there! Take the thousand away from this bum and give it to the one with the ten thousand.

“Those who have will get more until they grow rich, while those who have not will lose even the little they  have. Throw this worthless one outside into the darkness, where there is wailing and grinding of teeth.’ ”

The Good News of Salvation! R. Glory and praise to our Savior Jesus Christ!

The readings from The Inclusive Bible are used with permission of the Quixote Center. If you wish to purchase a copy of The Inclusive Bible please visit The Bible-The First Egalitarian Translation at: http://quixote.org/resources/publications#sthash.XXL9SA1G.dpuf