Vol: 44, No.56 31ST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) November 05 2017  
PSALM (130)
Response: Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.
O Lord, my heart is not proud nor haughty my eyes. I have not gone after things too great nor marvels beyond me. R/
Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace. A weaned child on its mother’s breast, even so is my soul. R/
O Israel, hope in the Lord both now and for ever. R/
(Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he did not evangelize with impure motives or to seek praise but that he cared for the community like a mother nursing her child.)
A Reading from the First Letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians (2:7-9, 13)
We were gentle among you, like a nursing taking care of her children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our ownselves, because you had become very dear to us.
For you remember our labour and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
We also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! You have only one Father, and he is in heaven; you have only one Teacher, the Christ! Alleluia! (Mt 23:9-10)
(Jesus criticizes the Scribes and the Pharisees who always desire to make a show of their status and authority).
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew (23:1-12)
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practise and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practise. They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders: but they themselves will not move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honour at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. But you are not to be called brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/the Father almighty,/ Creator of heaven and earth,/and in Jesus Christ,/his only Son,/our Lord, / who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,/ born of the Virgin Mary,/suffered under Pontius Pilate,/was crucified,/died and was buried;/he descended into hell;/on the third day he rose again from the dead;/he ascended into heaven,/and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;/from there he will come to judge the living and the dead./I believe in the Holy Spirit,/the holy Catholic Church,/the communion of saints,/the forgiveness of sins,/the resurrection of the body,/and life everlasting. Amen.
Cel: Prophet Malachi challenged the priestly class because they misled the people with their teaching and amassed
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