Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, First Reading:
Extracted from the Book of Exodus 22:20-26
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this:
‘“You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.
‘“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.
‘“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.”’
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4,47,51
Responsorial: I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise, when I call I am saved from my foes.
Long life to the Lord, my rock! Praised be the God who saves me,
He has given great victories to his king and shown his love for his anointed.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Second Reading:
Extracted from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you.
This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere.
We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.
cf. Acts of the Apostles 16:14
Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.
If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gospel Reading: Extracted from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’
Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’
It was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time on 26 October 2014.
The Readings that were read in the Eucharistic Celebrations all over the world on that day are shown above:
First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26,
Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51,
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 &
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:34-40.
We have extracted the Homilies of Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I based on the aforesaid Readings to share with you, so that you could similarly be encouraged:
JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 24 October 1999
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. The Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops ended yesterday with a solemn Eucharistic celebration in the Vatican Basilica. From the Synodal work came frequent appeals to believers to be courageous Gospel missionaries on our continent.
2. Today the invitation to be missionaries takes on a universal dimension: in fact, today we are celebrating the last World Mission Day of the millennium. Confronted by the spiritual needs of our time, all Christians are called to commit themselves effectively for God's kingdom with that zeal which, since childhood, motivated Pauline Jaricot who began the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. This year is the bicentenary of her birth. May her luminous example encourage the Church to spread throughout the world the message of Christ's kingdom with ever greater commitment.
In this perspective, the celebration on 22 October 2000 of a special Mission Jubilee and of the World Mission Congress organized by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples will be of great interest. It will be a providential occasion to thank God for all that has been done so far and to renew the zeal and enthusiasm of the entire Christian people for the work of the new evangelization.
3. Today, with the whole Church, I extend my warm greeting and my thanks to the missionaries ad gentes, who carry out the work entrusted to them undaunted by difficulties, and sometimes even at the cost of their lives. May they never lack our spiritual and material support.
May Mary most holy, Star of Evangelization, accompany missionaries and make fruitful the effort of everyone who cooperates in every way in the Church's universal mission.
After leading the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted in their own languages the French-, German- and Italian-speaking pilgrims and visitors. He then invited everyone to pray for peace in Colombia.
Today a peace march is being held in all the cities of Colombia. The Colombians in Rome are united with this initiative, and have come here this morning as a sign of solidarity and to participate in our common prayer.
I invite everyone to join their invocation to obtain the gift of peace from God, as I bless and encourage the efforts that are already being made to this effect.
JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 27 October 2002
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. We are moving toward the end of the month of October, the month of the Rosary. As you know, the coming months, until October 2003, are a special "Year of the Rosary". In this way, I wished to place the 25th year of my pontificate under the sign of this prayer.
The most important reason for proposing again the praying of the Rosary is the fact that it constitutes a valid means of fostering among the faithful the commitment to the contemplation of the face of Christ, to which I invited everyone at the end of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.
2. The Virgin Mary is the unrivalled model of Christian contemplation (cf. Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 10). From Jesus' conception until his resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Mother kept the gaze of her immaculate heart on her divine Son: a wonderful, penetrating, sorrowful and radiant insight (cf. ibid.). It is this Marian look full of faith and love, that the individual Christian and the ecclesial community make their own when they recite the Rosary.
In order "to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary" (ibid. n. 19), the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae integrates the traditional three cycles of mysteries - of joy, sorrow, and glory - with a new cycle: the mysteries of light that recall the public life of Christ.
3. As is true of every genuine prayer, the Rosary does not remove us from reality, but helps us to live reality interiorly united with Christ, giving witness to the love of God. For this reason, the recent Letter exhorts us to rediscover the beauty of the recitation of the Rosary in the family. "The family that prays together stays together" (ibid., n. 41).
The Rosary is "prayer by its very nature oriented to peace". In this Year of the Rosary, Christians are called to keep their gaze fixed on Christ, the Prince of Peace, so that in their hearts and among peoples thoughts and acts of justice and peace may prevail.
Today, let us particularly beg the intercession of the Mother of God, so much loved by the Russian people who, in these last few days, have suffered so much. While we pray for the victims of the recent painful ordeal, let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary so that such acts may not be repeated.
O Mary, who place the Rosary in our hands, teach us to pray it, becoming in your school genuine contemplatives and witnesses of Christ.
Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homilies of Saint Pope John Paul II, so that they could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us.
16 November 2014