Friday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2023

God Cares about Us

Daily Mass Readings for Friday of the 28th 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.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Romans 4:1-8: “A worker’s wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Ephesians 1:11-14: “In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 32: “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 33: “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
  • Gospel Luke 12:1-7: “Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”

Thoughts

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that God cares about us. He knows us intimately, he values us, and we can trust in him.

When I am anxious, I need to remember that God is close and watching over me. I do not need to fear anything except that which separates me from God. He gave his only son for me. What more evidence do I need that I matter to him?

Prayer

Father, you see me and know my needs. When I am anxious, draw me closer to you. I never want to be separated from you. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections

Word On Fire: What Do I Fear?

From Bishop Robert Barron about how God cares about us. “Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus deals with our fears. What is the greatest fear that we have? Undoubtedly, the fear of losing our own lives; we fear the death of the body. Jesus is telling us not to worry about those paper tigers that can only affect the body and its goods.” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: Into the Light

Today we are asked to move away from a shallow religion. How can we not grow anxious, knowing what God expects of us? The answer is his extreme mercy. God cares about us and will show us mercy.

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