Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Saturday, 18th September, 2021
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Saturday of the 24th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy 6:13-16
Theme: Do all that you have been told, with no faults or failures until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who at the due time will be revealed by God,
the blessed and only Ruler of all,
the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal,
whose home is in inaccessible light,
whom no man has seen and no man is able to see:
to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 99
Response Come before the Lord, singing for joy.
1. Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy. Response
2. Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock. Response
3. Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name. Response
4. Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age. Response
Gospel Acclamation Ps 118:18
Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may consider the wonders of your law.
Or Lk 8: 15
Blessed are those who; with a noble and generous heart, take the word of God to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 8: 4-15 Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: Take the word of God to yourselves and yield a harvest through your perseverance.
With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, he used this parable:
‘A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into rich soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’
His disciples asked him what this parable might mean, and he said,
The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you; for the rest there are only parables, so that they may see but not perceive, listen but not understand.
‘This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity. As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Saturday, Twenty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 8:4-15
The parable of the sower is to be found in the three Synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. In today’s gospel reading we have Luke’s version of this parable and its interpretation. His way of expressing the interpretation of the seed that fell on good soil is distinctive, ‘this is the people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance’. We are invited to hear God’s word with a noble and generous heart. There is a great generosity about God’s word because it expresses the generous heart of God. Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, is the fullest expression of God’s generous heart, but every word of God captures some dimension of the generous love of God. The generosity of God’s word is to be responded to with a generous heart on our part.
We give ourselves wholeheartedly to God’s word, taking all of it to ourselves. We come before the Lord’s word with an open and generous heart, ready to receive that word on the word’s own terms. In the language of Saint Paul, we endeavour to allow the word of the Lord to find a home within us. We open wide the door of our lives to the Lord’s word, displaying a generous hospitality to it. Having shown a generous hospitality to the Lord’s word, we display the quality of ‘perseverance’. We keep returning to this word of life, continuing to draw life from it, even in those times when we might be tempted to do otherwise. The gospel reading assures us that these qualities of generosity and perseverance towards the Lord’s word will bear a rich harvest, not only in our own lives but in the lives of others.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
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