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12/11/2020 Day 317

Philemon 7-20; Luke 17:20-25

St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr
, 31
st Week of Ordinary Time, Year II
Readings on p.1451 of Daily Missal 

Entrance Antiphon

Because of the Lord’s covenant and the ancestral laws the Saints of God persevered in loving brotherhood, for there was always one spirit in them, and one faith.

First Reading: Philemon 7-20

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon

Beloved: I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother,
because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ
to command you to do what is required,
yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you –
I, Paul, an ambassador
and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus –
I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment.
(Formerly he was useless to you,
but now he is indeed useful
to you and to me.)
I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
I would have been glad to keep him with me,
in order that he might serve me on your behalf
during my imprisonment for the gospel;
but I preferred to do nothing without your consent
in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion
but of your own free will.
Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while,
that you might have him back for ever,
no longer as a slave but more than a slave,
as a beloved brother,
especially to me but how much more to you,
both in the flesh and in the Lord.
So if you consider me your partner,
receive him as you would receive me.
If he has wronged you at all,
or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
I, Paul, write this with my own hand,
I will repay it –
to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord.
Refresh my heart in Christ.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial psalm: Ps. 146:6c-7.8-9a.9bc-10 (R,5a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm beginning and ending with the response: 

R/. Blessed is he who is helped by Jacob’s God.

It is the Lord who preserves fidelity forever,
who does justice to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord who sets prisoners free.

It is the Lord who opens the eyes of the blind,
the Lord who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord who protects the stranger.

The Lord upholds the orphan and the widow,
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever,
the God of Sion from age to age.

R/. Blessed is he who is helped by Jacob’s God.

Gospel acclamation:
Alleluia. Alleluia.
  I am the vine, you are the branches says the Lord.  He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit.  Alleluia.

Gospel: Luke 17:20-25

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time:
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming,
Jesus answered them,
“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;
nor will they say, ‘Behold, here it is!’ or ‘There!’
for behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
And he said to the disciples,
“The days are coming when you will desire to see
one of the days of the Son of man,
and you will not see it.
And they will say to you,
‘Behold, there!’ or ‘Behold, here!’
Do not go, do not follow them.
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky
from one side to the other,
so will the Son of man be in his day.
But first he must suffer many things
and be rejected by this generation.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it in eternity, says the Lord.

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