GOSPEL READINGS

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C-1     + A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew  5:1-12a 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
     and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying: 
     “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
          for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
     Blessed are they who mourn,
          for they will be comforted.
     Blessed are the meek,
          for they will inherit the land.
     Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
          for they will be satisfied.
     Blessed are the merciful,
          for they will be shown mercy.
     Blessed are the clean of heart,
          for they will see God.
     Blessed are the peacemakers,
          for they will be called children of God.
     Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
          for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
     Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
          and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
     Rejoice and be glad,
          for your reward will be great in heaven.” 
 The Gospel of the Lord.

 

C-2    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew   11:25-30 

At that time Jesus answered:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
     for although you have hidden these things
     from the wise and the learned
     you have revealed them to the childlike. 
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
     and no one knows the Father except the Son
     and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” 
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
     and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
     for I am meek and humble of heart;
     and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” 
The Gospel of the Lord.

C-3    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
     and all the angels with him,
     he will sit upon his glorious throne,
     and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,

     as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

 
Then the king will say to those on his right,

     ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.

Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
     I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
     a stranger and you welcomed me,
     naked and you clothed me,
     ill and you cared for me,
     in prison and you visited me.’  
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
     ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
     or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,

     or naked and clothe you?

When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

 
And the king will say to them in reply,
     ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
     for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

C-4    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        7:11-17 

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
     and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
     a man who had died was being carried out,

     the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.

A large crowd from the city was with her.

 
When the Lord saw her,
     he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
     “Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
     at this the bearers halted,
     and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” 

The dead man sat up and began to speak,

     and Jesus gave him to his mother.

 
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
     “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
     and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
     and in all the surrounding region. 
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

C-5    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke   4:13-16, 28-35 

That very day, the first day of the week,
     two of the disciples of Jesus were going
     to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem,
     and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
     Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
     but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 
As they approached the village to which they were going,
     he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
     for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them. 
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
     he took bread, said the blessing,
     broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
     but he vanished from their sight. 
Then they said to each other,
     “Were not our hearts burning within us
     while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
     where they found gathered together
     the Eleven and those with them, who were saying,
     “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 
Then the two recounted
     what had taken place on the way
     and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. 
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

C-6    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     6:37-40 

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
     and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
     because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
     but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
     that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
     but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
     that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
     may have eternal life,
     and I shall raise him on the last day.” 
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

C-7    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to John        6:51-59 

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
     whoever eats this bread will live forever;
     and the bread that I will give is my Flesh
     for the life of the world.” 
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
     “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
     “Amen, amen, I say to you,
     unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
     you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
     has eternal life,
     and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
     and my Blood is true drink.

Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood

     remains in me and I in him.

 
Just as the living Father sent me
     and I have life because of the Father,
     so also the one who feeds on me
     will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
     whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

C-8    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to John   11:21-27 

Martha said to Jesus,
     “Lord, if you had been here,
     my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
     God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
     “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,

     “I know he will rise,

     in the resurrection on the last day.”

 
Jesus told her,
     “I am the resurrection and the life;
     whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
     and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
     the one who is coming into the world.” 
The Gospel of the Lord. 

C-9    + A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      12:23-26 

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
     unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
     it remains just a grain of wheat;
     but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life will lose it,
     and whoever hates his life in this world
     will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
     and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.” 
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

C-10   + A reading from the holy Gospel according to John        14:1-6 

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
     would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
     I will come back again and take you to myself,
     so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
     “Master, we do not know where you are going;
     how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.” 
The Gospel of the Lord.