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Liturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 19th October, 2021
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Tuesday of the 29th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1

FIRST READING             

 A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans       5:12. 15. 17-21
Theme: Just as death entered the world through one man, so life will come through one man, Jesus Christ.

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. 

If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man’s fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man’s fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. When law came, it was to multiply the opportunities of failing, but however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater; and so, just as sin reigned wherever there was death, so grace will reign to bring eternal life thanks to the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of the Lord.             Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 39
Response                               Here I am, Lord!  I come to do your will.

1. You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I.                         Response

2. In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart.              Response

3. Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord.                       Response

4. O let there be rejoicing and gladness
for all who seek you.
Let them ever say: ‘The Lord is great’,
who love your saving help.           Response

Gospel  Acclamation      Lk 8: 15 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are those who; with a noble and generous heart,
take the word of God to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.

or                                               Lk 21: 36
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.


The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     12:35-38          Glory to you, O Lord.

Theme: Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.

Jesus said to his disciples:
  happy waiting ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.

I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.’

The Gospel of the Lord.                Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection      Tuesday,      Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Luke 12:35-38

Very often the stories Jesus tells and the images he uses fly in the face of the conventions of the time. A striking example would be the portrayal of the father in the parable of the prodigal son, showing unconditional love to a very underserving son. Another example is the portrayal of the vineyard owner in the parable of the workers in the vineyard, giving a day’s wages to those workers who only worked an hour. We have another of those unconventional images in today’s gospel reading. A wealthy man returns from a wedding feast to find his servants alert and ready to open the door to him; he then proceeds to relate to them as they would normally relate to him, sitting them down at table and waiting on them. This certainly flies in the face of the master slave relationship at the time. We are reminded of what Jesus does in the gospel of John in the setting of the last supper, washing the feet of his disciples, behaving towards them as their servant, even though he was their Lord.

Jesus is showing us in all these ways that he, and God whom he makes present, does not relate to us according to normal human conventions. God’s ways are not our ways. God is not a more powerful version of some human reality. God relates to us out of the abundance of his love for us, a love that is greater than any human love. Paul expresses this conviction in his own distinctive way in the first reading, ‘however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater’. That is what it means to say, in the words of today’s psalm, ‘the Lord is great’; ‘God is great’.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/