Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Amos.
Those who sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled.
The almighty Lord says this:
Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion
and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria.
Lying on ivory beds
and sprawling on their divans,
they dine on lambs from the flock,
and stall-fattened veal;
they bawl to the sound of the harp,
they invent new instruments of music like David,
they drink wine by the bowlful,
and use the finest oil for anointing themselves,
but about the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all.
That is why they will be the first to be exiled;
the sprawlers’ revelry is over.
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: My soul, give praise to the Lord.
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free. [R]
It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger.[R]
He upholds the widow and orphan
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age. [R]

FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Amos.
Those who sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled.
The almighty Lord says this:
Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion
and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria.
Lying on ivory beds
and sprawling on their divans,
they dine on lambs from the flock,
and stall-fattened veal;
they bawl to the sound of the harp,
they invent new instruments of music like David,
they drink wine by the bowlful,
and use the finest oil for anointing themselves,
but about the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all.
That is why they will be the first to be exiled;
the sprawlers’ revelry is over.
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: My soul, give praise to the Lord.
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free. [R]
It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger.[R]
He upholds the widow and orphan
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age. [R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy.
Do all that you have been told until the Appearing of the Lord.
As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love,
patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which
you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many
witnesses. Now, before God the source of all life and before Jesus 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.
This is the word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me. Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus.
Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony.
Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and
feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with
sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came
and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of
Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a llong way off with Lazarus in his bosom.
So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied “remember
that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now
he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great
gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop
any crossing from your side to ours.”
‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have
five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They
have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them.” “Ah no, father Abraham,”
said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham
said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced
even if someone should rise from the dead.”’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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