Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 6th October 2013

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the prophet Habakkuk.
TIle upright man will live by his faithfulness.
How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry ‘Oppression!’
in your ear and you will not save? Why do you set injustice before me, why do you
look on where there is tyranny? Outrage and violence, this is all I see, all is
contention, and discord flourishes. Then the Lord answered and said, Write the vision
down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read, since this vision is for its own time only:
eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive; if it comes slowly, wait, for come it
will, without fail. See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man
will live by his faithfulness.
This is the word of the Lord.
[Response]: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. [R]
Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. [R]
O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’ [R]

Second Reading

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy.
Never be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord.
I am reminding you to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I
laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit
of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of
witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with
me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power
of God.
Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the
faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after
something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in
This is the word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
If only you had faith!
The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were
your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree,
“Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.
‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to
him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal
immediately?” Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid;
make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and
drink yourself afterwards?” Must he be grateful to the servant for doing
what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told
to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.


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