Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

October 14, 2023

Hear the Word of God

Daily Mass Readings for Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Joel 4:12-21: “Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall pass through her no more. And then, on that day, the mountains shall drip new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk; and the channels of Judah shall flow with water.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 3:22-29: “For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 97: “Rejoice in the Lord, you just!”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 105: “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.”
  • Gospel Luke 11:27-28: “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”


Today, Jesus declares that those who hear the word of God and observe it are blessed. This is what it means to be a member of his family.

Sometimes we use the word of God to exclude people who we feel aren’t measuring up, but instead we should be trying to use it to draw them in. The Lord desires all of us to belong to his family. God’s love is big enough for all of us.


Lord, teach me to hear your Word and follow you. And grant me the grace to know how to share your Word so that others can also know your love. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Word On Fire: The Power of God

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Friends, our Gospel blesses those who hear the word of God and observe it. In this regard, I would like to speak about the response of the Polish people to the word proclaimed by St. John Paul II. The power of the Polish Communist state, and behind that the power of the Soviet Union, is what John Paul faced at the beginning of the 1980s.” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: The Beauty of Grace

Being attentive to God’s word is blessed. Responding to God’s grace in our lives gives God glory.

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