Thursday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

October 5, 2023

Don’t Go Alone

Daily Mass Readings for Thursday of the 26th 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) – Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12: “Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people, their hands raised high, answered, ‘Amen, amen!’”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Job 19:21-27: “But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 19: “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 27: “I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.”
  • Gospel Luke 10:1-12: “Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.”

Thoughts

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the disciples to go out and preach the Good News. He knows he must send out laborers to prepare the way for his message. And he does not tell them to go alone, but he sends them in pairs.

Sometimes I am tempted to take my Christian journey alone. I am doing all of the right things – prayer, Mass, service. But I should not try to go alone. Perhaps today I can invite someone else to take the journey with me.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me remember not to go alone on my journey of discipleship. Let me encounter someone today to invite to join me. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections

Sacred Space: A Great Amen

From Sacred Space for Cycle 1 readings. “A dramatic scene where Ezra, the priest-scribe, gathers the returned exiles in Jerusalem. It is also a highly meaningful passage for Christians.” Continue reading.

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