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Today's Readings at Mass

25th September 2020

Friday of week 25 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

There is a time for every occupation under heaven

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
A time for giving birth,
 a time for dying;
 a time for planting,
 a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing,
 a time for healing;
 a time for knocking down,
 a time for building.

A time for tears,
 a time for laughter;
 a time for mourning,
 a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away,
 a time for gathering them up;
 a time for embracing,
 a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching,
 a time for losing;
 a time for keeping,
 a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing,
 a time for sewing;
 a time for keeping silent,
 a time for speaking.

A time for loving,
 a time for hating;
 a time for war,
 a time for peace.

What does a man gain for the efforts that he makes? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 143(144):1-4

Blessed be the Lord, my rock.
He is my love, my fortress;
 he is my stronghold, my saviour
my shield, my place of refuge.

Lord, what is man that you care for him,
 mortal man, that you keep him in mind;
man, who is merely a breath
 whose life fades like a passing shadow?


Luke 9:18-22

'You are the Christ of God'

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’

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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.