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Friday 15 October 2021    (other days)
Saint Teresa of Ávila, Virgin, Doctor 
 on Friday of week 28 in Ordinary Time

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: White.

Readings for the feria

Readings for the memorial

These are the readings for the feria


First readingRomans 4:1-8 ©

Abraham was justified not by his actions but by faith

What shall we say about Abraham, the ancestor from whom we are all descended? If Abraham was justified as a reward for doing something, he would really have had something to boast about, though not in God’s sight because scripture says: Abraham put his faith in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him. If a man has work to show, his wages are not considered as a favour but as his due; but when a man has nothing to show except faith in the one who justifies sinners, then his faith is considered as justifying him. And David says the same: a man is happy if God considers him righteous, irrespective of good deeds:
Happy those whose crimes are forgiven,
whose sins are blotted out;
happy the man whom the Lord considers sinless.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 31(32):1-2,5,11 ©
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Happy the man whose offence is forgiven,
  whose sin is remitted.
O happy the man to whom the Lord
  imputes no guilt,
  in whose spirit is no guile.
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
But now I have acknowledged my sins;
  my guilt I did not hide.
I said: ‘I will confess
  my offence to the Lord.’
And you, Lord, have forgiven
  the guilt of my sin.
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord,
  exult, you just!
O come, ring out your joy,
  all you upright of heart.
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Gospel AcclamationPs32:22
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lord, let your mercy be on us,
as we place our trust in you.
Alleluia!

GospelLuke 12:1-7 ©

Not one sparrow is forgotten in God's sight

The people had gathered in their thousands so that they were treading on one another. And Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees – that is, their hypocrisy. Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops.
  ‘To you my friends I say: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.’

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These are the readings for the memorial


First readingRomans 8:22-27 ©

The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience.
  The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 18(19):8-11 ©
The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
  it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
  it gives wisdom to the simple.
The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
  they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
  it gives light to the eyes.
The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the Lord is holy,
  abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
  and all of them just.
The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more to be desired than gold,
  than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
  than honey from the comb.
The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
or
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel AcclamationJn15:9,5
Alleluia, alleluia!
Remain in my love, says the Lord;
all who live in me and I in them will bear much fruit.
Alleluia!

GospelJohn 15:1-8 ©

I am the vine, you are the branches

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’

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