The Word This Week

Vigilance: we wait for glory or ruin, salvation or disaster. This is the choice that faces the Christian each and every day, as we wait for the Lord to return, as he promised he would. We often live our lives leaving such things to a distant, shadowy future – like the person who is going to fix that faulty lock or window-frame, but in the end doesn’t get round to it before the burglar comes. The lamps of our lives should be lit and shining, filled to the brim with the oil of prayer and charity, singing the hymns of the fathers as we wait for the Master to return.

Today’s Scripture
Wisdom 18: 6 – 9
Response: Psalm 32
Ring out your joy to the Lord. O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his own.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love.
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord.
as we place all our hope in you.

Hebrews 11: 1–2, 8–12
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Stay awake and stand ready,
because you do not know the hour
when the Son of Man is coming.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Luke 12: 35 – 40
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. May your love be upon us, O Lord

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