October 20 2013
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the book of Exodus.
The Amalekites came and attacked Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua,
‘Pick out men for yourself, and tomorrow morning march out to engage Amalek.
I, meanwhile, will stand on the hilltop, the staff of God in my hand.’ Joshua did
as Moses told him and marched out to engage Amalek, while Moses and Aaron
and Hur went up to the top of the hill. As long as Moses kept his arms raised,
Israel had the advantage; when he let his arms fall, the advantage went to
Amalek. But Moses’ arms grew heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him
and on this he sat, Aaron and Hur supporting his arms, one on one side, one on
the other; and his arms remained firm till sunset. With the edge of the sword
Joshua cut down Amalek and his people.
This is the word of the Lord.
[Response]: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
I lift up my eyes to The Lord is your guard
the mountains: and your shade;
from where shall come my help? at your right side he stands.
My help shall come from the Lord By day the sun shall not smite you
who made heaven and earth.
nor the moon in the night.
May he never allow you to stumble! The Lord will guard you from evil,
Let him sleep not, your guard. He will guard your soul.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, The Lord will guard your
going and coming
Both now and for ever.
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy.
You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember
who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known
the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably
be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching
them to be holy. This is how the person who is dedicated to God becomes fully
equipped and ready for any good work.
Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the
dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom:
proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute
falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the
intention of teaching.
This is the word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of your mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never
lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town’ he said ‘who had neither fear
of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept
coming to him and saying, “I want justice from you against my enemy!” For a
long time, he refused, but at last he said to himself, “Maybe I have neither fear
of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this
widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death.”’
And the Lord said, ‘You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not
God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he
delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done
speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?
This is the Gospel of the Lord