Saturday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2023

Do Not Worry About What to Say

Daily Mass Readings for Saturday 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 4:13, 16-18: “It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Ephesians 1:15-23: “And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the Church, which is his Body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 105: “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 8: “You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.”
  • Gospel Luke 12:8-12: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

Thoughts

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that we will experience opposition and persecution as his followers. And he tells us not to worry!

I can’t come up with the right answer for every argumentative question or problem put before me. But I can learn to trust in the Holy Spirit. Instead of worrying about how to defend my beliefs I can let the Spirit lead me into a loving conversation.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, guide my words when I am speaking of faith. Teach me not to get defensive, but to lead with your words of love. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections

Word On Fire: The Holy Spirit Will Teach You

From Bishop Robert Barron about responding to persecution. “Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us how to deal with persecution. When does the Church stop being persecuted? When the Lord returns, and not before.” Continue reading.

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