In today’s Gospel Jesus goes to the heart of human fears and desires. Anxiety about or unrestrained desire for money is often rooted in deep insecurity. God has given us an entire kingdom to call our own, and we have no need to be afraid.
1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9
The dark night of the Passover became light for God’s children through faith and hope. They have to rely on faith, but it was that faith that marked them as God’s chosen people. A people threatened and vulnerable became strong in hope through their trust in God.
2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2. 8-19
Faith is the foundation of a life lived in hope, even for people who never live to see their ultimate hopes fulfilled. The scriptures give us many examples of hope-filled lives that built a future for God’s people. Our security lies in our faith and hope in God’s unshakeable love.
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Jesus teaches us that what we cherish most is the sign of where our heart lies. God’s heart is set on us, for we are God’s priceless treasure. Setting our hearts on God’s kingdom and its justice will lead us to the deepest union with Jesus and to building a world after his own heart.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
First reading: Wisdom 18:6-9
You made us glorious by calling us to you
That night had been foretold to our ancestors, so that, once they saw what kind of oaths they had put their trust in, they would joyfully take courage. This was the expectation of your people, the saving of the virtuous and the ruin of their enemies; for by the same act with which you took vengeance on our foes you made us glorious by calling us to you. The devout children of worthy men offered sacrifice in secret and this divine pact they struck with one accord: that the saints would share the same blessings and dangers alike; and forthwith they had begun to chant the hymns of the fathers.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 32(33):1,12,18-20,22
Response: Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
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. R.
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. R.
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. R.
Second reading: Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19
Abraham looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God
Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going. By faith he arrived, as a foreigner, in the Promised Land, and lived there as if in a strange country, with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. They lived there in tents while he looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God. It was equally by faith that Sarah, in spite of being past the age, was made able to conceive, because she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful to it. Because of this, there came from one man, and one who was already as good as dead himself, more descendants than could be counted, as many as the stars of heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore. All these died in faith, before receiving any of the things that had been promised, but they saw them in the far distance and welcomed them, recognising that they were only strangers and nomads on earth. People who use such terms about themselves make it quite plain that they are in search of their real homeland. They can hardly have meant the country they came from, since they had the opportunity to go back to it; but in fact they were longing for a better homeland, their heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, since he has founded the city for them. It was by faith that Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He offered to sacrifice his only son even though the promises had been made to him and he had been told: It is through Isaac that your name will be carried on. He was confident that God had the power even to raise the dead; and so, figuratively speaking, he was given back Isaac from the dead.
Gospel Acclamation: Matt 24:42a,44
Alleluia, alleluia! Be watchful and ready: You know not when the Son of Man is coming. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Luke 12:35-40
You too must stand ready
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
We Pray as One
God our loving and merciful Father, we pray for your love and compassion to abound as we live through these challenging times. We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load of making decisions with widespread consequences. We pray for those who are suffering with sickness and all who are caring for them. We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable to not succumb to any risks. We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold in our hearts and minds. As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide, may we also approach each day in total faith and peace, trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us. We ask this, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Lady of the Mission, Pray for us.
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