THE READINGS

November 8, 2015


FIRST READING: 1 Kings 17:8-16

8The word of the LORD came to [Elijah,] saying, 9"Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you." 10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink." 11As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." 12But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a

couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die."  13Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the LORD the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the LORD sends rain on the earth."  15She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.

 

 

PSALM: Psalm 146 - please read responsively

1Hallelujah!  Praise the LORD, O my soul!

2I will praise the LORD as long as I live;

            I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3Put not your trust in rulers, in mortals in whom there is no help.

4When they breathe their last, they return to earth,

            and in that day their thoughts perish.

5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,

            whose hope is in the LORD their God;

6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;

            who keeps promises forever;

7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.

            The LORD sets the captive free.

8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;

            the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;

            the LORD loves the righteous.

9The LORD cares for the stranger; the LORD sustains the orphan and widow,

            but frustrates the way of the wicked.

10The LORD shall reign forever,

            your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!


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P:  The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 12th chapter.

C:    Glory to you, O Lord.

 

GOSPEL:  Mark 12:38-44

38As [Jesus] taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater

condemnation."

 

41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are

contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

 

P:  The Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to you, O Christ.