Readings at Mass
Liturgical Colour: Red. Year: C(II).
|Hosea 2:16,17,21-22 ©|
I will betroth you to myself for ever
The Lord says this:
I am going to lead her out into the wilderness
and speak to her heart.
There she will respond to me as she did when she was young,
as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt.
I will betroth you to myself for ever,
betroth you with integrity and justice,
with tenderness and love;
I will betroth you to myself with faithfulness,
and you will come to know the Lord.
Happy those who are persecuted
in the cause of right,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
For their sake I consecrate myself,
so that they too may be consecrated in the truth.
Blessed be God, a gentle Father
and the God of all consolation,
who comforts us in all our sorrows.
Happy the man who stands firm,
for he has proved himself,
and will win the crown of life.
It is a blessing for you
when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ,
for the Spirit of God rests on you.
We praise you, O God,
we acknowledge you to be the Lord;
the noble army of martyrs praise you, O Lord.
The wise and foolish virgins
Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’
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