Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 1 Tm 6:2c-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

  1. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Why should I fear in evil days
    when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
    They trust in their wealth;
    the abundance of their riches is their boast.
    R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
    or pay his own ransom to God;
    Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
    to remain alive always and not see destruction.
    R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Fear not when a man grows rich,
    when the wealth of his house becomes great,
    For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
    his wealth shall not follow him down.
    R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
    “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
    He shall join the circle of his forebears
    who shall never more see light.
    R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Alleluia See Mt 11:25

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.

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Living in a State of Preparedness – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Everything that comes from God asks for an open and faithful heart.  We cannot live with hope and joy in the end-time unless we are living in a state of preparedness.  We have to be careful because, as the Apostle Peter says:  “Your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5.8).  Therefore Jesus says:  “Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life. … Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to hold your ground before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).  That’s what living in the Spirit of Jesus calls us to.

For further reflection…

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6: 13 (NIV)

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If the Lord is calling us to do something, He won’t abandon us. It’s extremely important to rely on Him not only when we are coming to a decision but also as we are carrying out our plan of action. When Jesus said, “I am with you always”, He wasn’t kidding!

-from Faith, Hope & Clarity

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