Saturday, September 15, 2007

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time




PHILEMON 9-10, 12-17


I, Paul, an old man,

and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,

urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,

whose father I have become in my imprisonment;

I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.

I should have liked to retain him for myself,

so that he might serve me on your behalf

in my imprisonment for the gospel,

but I did not want to do anything without your consent,

so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.

Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,

that you might have him back forever,

no longer as a slave

but more than a slave, a brother,

beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,

as a man and in the Lord.

So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.




LUKE 14:25-33


Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,

and he turned and addressed them,

“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,

wife and children, brothers and sisters,

and even his own life,

he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me

cannot be my disciple.

Which of you wishing to construct a tower

does not first sit down and calculate the cost

to see if there is enough for its completion?

Otherwise, after laying the foundation

and finding himself unable to finish the work

the onlookers should laugh at him and say,

‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’

Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down

and decide whether with ten thousand troops

he can successfully oppose another king

advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?

But if not, while he is still far away,

he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.

In the same way,

anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions

cannot be my disciple.”


New American Bible

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 9, 2007

Psalm: Sunday 33


The Entire Mass

Reading I: Wisdom 9:13-18b, Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13,

14-17, Reading II, Philemon 9-10, 12-17, and The Gospel: Luke 14:25-33



"Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that

Fr. Kilian Byrne (EWTN: Divine Wisdom)



St. Paul in Prison - Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

(July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) a Dutch painter and etcher


The Exhortation of Christ to The Apostles: Artist - James Joseph Jacques Tissot (October 15, 1836 – August 8, 1902) French Painter


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