1st Reading:
Sirach 39:6-10

Filled with the spirit of understanding
If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will
pour forth words of wisdom of his own and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. The
Lord will direct his counsel and knowledge, as he meditates on his mysteries.
He will show the wisdom of what he has learned, and will glory in the law of the
Lord’s covenant. Many will praise his understanding; it will never be blotted out. His
memory will not disappear, and his name will live through all generations.
Nations will speak of his wisdom, and the congregation will proclaim his praise.

Psalm 115:12-19. R/. v. 12

Response: How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?

1. How can I repay the Lord
for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the Lord’s name. R/.

2. My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people.
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful. R/.

3. Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;
I will call on the Lord’s name. R/.

4. My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. R/.


2nd Reading:
2 Timothy 4:1-8

I have fought the good fight
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead,
and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the
message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince,
rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming
when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will
accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from
listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure
suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure
has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have
longed for his appearing.

Matthew 13:24-32

Growing together until the harvest
Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to
someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an
enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the
plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the
householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied,
‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let
both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers,
Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat
into my barn.’”
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it
has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air
come and make nests in its branches.”

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