TIMOTHY 4:6-8, 16-18
Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOEL
O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for
he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured
down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as
before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats
shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and
the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat
in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your
God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never
again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of
Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again be put to shame. Then afterward I
will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young
men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in
those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the
heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The
sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the
great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in
Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said,
and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
REFRAIN You crown the
year with your goodness, O Lord.
are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be performed
you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, because of their
sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out.
are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there!
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the
holiness of your temple. R
things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our
salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas
that are far away.
make fast the mountains by your power; they are girded about with
still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the
clamour of the peoples.
who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvellous
signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. R
visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very
plenteous; the river of God is full of water.
prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth. R
drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you
soften the ground and bless its increase.
crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with
the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be
clothed with joy.
the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak
themselves with grain; let them shout for joy and sing. R
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY
As for me, I am already
being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has
come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I
have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will
give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have
longed for his appearing. At my first defence no one came to my
support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me
the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might
hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will
rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly
kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8, 16-18
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
Jesus also told this
parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous
and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the
temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The
Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you
that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or
even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth
of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would
not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying,
'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down
to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt
themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be