Readings of the day: Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, "Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree"
Reading for the dy
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Reading for the dy
- 7 So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
- 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed."
- 9 So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith.
- 10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them."
- 11 Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for "He who through faith is righteous shall live";
12 but the law does not rest on faith, for "He who does them shall live by them."
- 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, "Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree" --
- 14 that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Response: The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
- 1 Praise the LORD. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
- 2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
- 3 Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
- 4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
- 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
- 6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
Gospel for the day
- 15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Be-el'zebul, the prince of demons";
- 16 while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven.
- 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.
- 18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul.
- 19 And if I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
- 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
- 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace;
- 22 but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil.
- 23 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
- 24 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest; and finding none he says, `I will return to my house from which I came.'
- 25 And when he comes he finds it swept and put in order.
- 26 Then he goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."
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