Thursday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2014

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 1:1-10
    1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus:
    2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
    4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
    5 He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
    6 to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
    7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
    8 which he lavished upon us.
    9 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ
    10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 98:1-6
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
    2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
    3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
    4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
    5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
    6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Luke 11:47-54
    47 Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
    48 So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
    49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, `I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,'
    50 that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation,
    51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.
    52 Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering."
    53 As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard, and to provoke him to speak of many things,
    54 lying in wait for him, to catch at something he might say.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 3:14-19
    14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
    15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
    16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
    17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
    18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
    19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:25-30
    25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
    26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
    27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


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