Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Wednesday, 27th October, 2021
Next Sunday's Readings
Wednesday of the 30th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:26-30
Theme: By turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him
The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.
We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 12
Response Lord, I trust in your mercy.
1. Look at me, answer me, Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,
lest my enemy say: ‘I have overcome him’;
lest my foes rejoice to see my fall. Response
2. As for me, I trust in your merciful love.
Let my heart rejoice in your saving help:
Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,
singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jn 14: 10
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me .
Or 2 Thess 2: 14
Through the Good News God called us to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ .
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according Luke 13:22-30 Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: People from east and west will come to take heir places in the kingdom of God
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him,
‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’
Jesus said to them,
‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from”. Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men !”
‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Wednesday, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 13:22–30
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is asked a question, ‘Will there be only a few saved?’ He doesn’t really answer that question directly. Instead, he uses the question as an opportunity to issue a challenging call to those gathered about him, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door’. In this way he seems to be suggesting that speculating about how many will be saved is not helpful. Rather than engage in such idle speculation, we should strive to enter by the narrow door. It is easy to pass through a wide door. However, if we are to pass through a very narrow door, we need to be focused, we need to pay attention and zoom in on the door, as it were. By means of this image, Jesus is suggesting that taking and staying on the path that leads to life involves struggle and effort.
There is a striving involved. However, it is not an anxious striving, because the Lord is drawing us through that door. The Lord is striving on our behalf. It is his wish that, in the words of the gospel reading, people from east and west, from north and south, would get through that door and take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. The Lord’s drawing us to himself is always prior to our efforts to go through the narrow door.
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/