|"He Went Through the Villages on the Way to Jerusalem" -- by James Tissot|
FIRST READING: Ephesians 6: 1 - 9
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a
3 "that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth."
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the
discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and
trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ;
6 not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart,
7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men,
8 knowing that whatever good any one does, he will receive the same again
from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
9 Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who
is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with
PSALM: Psalms 145: 10 - 14
10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD, and all thy saints shall
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power,
12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds, and the glorious
splendor of thy kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures
throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious
in all his deeds.
14 The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed
GOSPEL: Luke 13: 22 - 30
22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying
23 And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And
he said to them,
24 "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter
and will not be able.
25 When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin
to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord, open to us.' He will
answer you, `I do not know where you come from.'
26 Then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank in your presence, and you
taught in our streets.'
27 But he will say, `I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart
from me, all you workers of iniquity!'
28 There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see Abraham and
Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you
yourselves thrust out.
29 And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit
at table in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be