GLOBAL WORD OF THE DAY
READING OF THE DAY
First reading from the Second Book of Kings
2 Kgs 5:14-17
Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times
at the word of Elisha, the man of God.
His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child,
and he was clean of his leprosy.
Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God.
On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said,
«Now I know that there is no God in all the earth,
except in Israel.
Please accept a gift from your servant.»
Elisha replied, «As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it;»
and despite Naaman’s urging, he still refused.
Naaman said: «If you will not accept,
please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth,
for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice
to any other god except to the LORD.»
Second reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy
2 Tm 2:8-13
Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Luke
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
«Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!»
And when he saw them, he said,
«Go show yourselves to the priests.»
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
«Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?»
Then he said to him, «Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.»