Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time | September 19, 2022

Reading 1 (Prv 3:27-34)

Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim
when it is in your power to do it for him.
Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once.
Plot no evil against your neighbor,
against one who lives at peace with you.
Quarrel not with a man without cause,
with one who has done you no harm.
Envy not the lawless man
and choose none of his ways:
To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,
but with the upright is his friendship.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
but the dwelling of the just he blesses;
When dealing with the arrogant, he is stern,
but to the humble he shows kindness.

Responsorial Psalm (Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5)

R. (1) The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.

R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.

R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.

R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Alleluia (Mt 5:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 8:16-18)

Jesus said to the crowd:
"No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away."


I think about what is "light" for me, recognizing where I am motivated and where I am alive. I look within to see if there is something that I find to be life-giving that is secret—perhaps something that I do not freely share—before God's loving gaze. I ask that as I receive life, my thankfulness and trust in being able to share it with others both grow.

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