The Word This Week

It’s probably a nightmare we all share to some degree or other – being locked out of the house, the sales, the big match, or missing the train, the boat or plane. Contemplating watching the crowds that have got inside, while we can do nothing, can be unnerving. Complacency can leave us in this situation: today the Lord warns all who listen to him to be careful, taking nothing for granted, but making sure that we are (spiritually at least) like the people waiting with their sleeping bags and thermos flasks by the front door of the ticket office.

Today’s Scripture

Isaiah 66: 18 – 21
Response: Psalm 116
O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him all you peoples!
Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever
(Sung Antiphon: Alleluia, alleluia!)

Hebrews 12: 5 – 7. 11 – 13

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Luke 13: 22 – 30.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Faithful Lord, hear us.

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