Weekly Missal English

Readings and Music for September 26, 2021

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Opening Hymn: #768, Gather Your People
Bob Hurd

Refrain
Gather your people, O Lord.
Gather your people, O Lord.
One bread, one body, one spirit of love.
Gather your people, O Lord.

1. Draw us forth to the table of life:
brothers and sisters,
each of us called to walk in your light.

2. We are parts of the body of Christ,
needing each other,
each of the gifts the Spirit provides.

3. No more harm on the mountain of God;
swords into plowshares.
Free us, O Lord, from hardness of heart.

4. Wash us, Lord, in the waters of life;
waters of mercy,
waters of hope that flow from your side.
Text: Based on 1 Corinthians 12; Isaiah 2:3–4; 11:9. Text and music © 1991, Bob Hurd. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

First Reading 

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.
Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,
the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;
and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.

Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,
were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.
They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;
yet the spirit came to rest on them also,
and they prophesied in the camp.
So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
"Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp, "
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said,
"Moses, my lord, stop them."
But Moses answered him,
"Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!"

Responsorial Psalm

R.  The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
the decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Though your servant is careful of them,
    very diligent in keeping them,
Yet who can detect failings?
    Cleanse me from my unknown faults!
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant;
    let it not rule over me.
Then shall I be blameless and innocent
    of serious sin. 
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Second Reading

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
your gold and silver have corroded,
and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days.
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned;
you have murdered the righteous one;
he offers you no resistance.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ, 
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ
 
Offertory Hymn: #581, You Alone
Sarah Hart/Dwight Liles

Refrain
You alone are holy, 
you alone are Lord.
You alone are worthy
to be honored and adored.
Mercy you have given, 
kindness you have shown.
Love is you alone.

1. Who of us is sinless in this place?
Who of us deserves your saving grace?
Who of us is good at all 
without your blessed love that falls
upon our hearts  to heal our brokenness?

2. What is there to do but thank you, then,
for the gift that we might call you friend?
Greater love has not been known
than that for which you gave 
your only son, that you might see us,
pure and blessed.
© 1999, 2007, Universal Music Group–Brentwood Benson Music Publishing, Inc., and Sarah Hart. All rights reserved. Used with permission of CapitolCMGPublishing.com and Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP.
 
Holy, Holy, Holy


Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts. 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. 

We Proclaim Your Death 

We proclaim your death, O Lord,
And profess your resurrection until you come,
Until you come again. 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. 

Communion Hymn: #717, Christians, Let Us Love One Another
PICARDY

1. Christians, let us love one another,
As we share the true living bread.
Jesus is our God and our brother;
With his flesh and blood we are fed.
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

2. We who break this bread are one body,
We who share this cup are all one.
Children of our Father in heaven,
We are heirs with God’s only son.
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

3. We who eat and drink at this table
Die and rise again with our Lord.
Drawing from our Rock living water
Giv’n to all who thirst for accord.
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

4. On the path of life we may falter,
Earthly food alone leaves us weak;
Always you invite from the altar,
“Hungry souls their food here must seek.”
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

5. Wheat and grape incarnate a myst’ry:
Jesus is the true living bread.
Let us eat with joy and thanksgiving,
Trusting in the word he has said.
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.

6. Jesus is the vine, we the branches;
We are grains of wheat, Christ the bread.
Those who eat this bread live forever,
One with Christ, our Lord and our Head.
Ev’ryone who loves is born of God.
Jesus is our life. God is love.
Text: 98 98 98; © 1973, Claudia Foltz, SNJM, and Armand Nigro, SJ. Published by OCP. All rights reserved. Music: French, 17th cent.; Chansons populaires des Provinces de France, 1860.
 
 
Closing Hymn: #567, God, We Praise You

1. God, we praise you! God, we bless you! 
God, we name you sovereign Lord!
Mighty King whom angels worship, 
Father, by your Church adored; 
All creation shows your glory, 
Heav'n and earth draw near your thone, 
Singing "Holy, holy, holy,"
Lord of hosts and God alone! 
 
2. True apostles, faithful prophets, 
Saints who set their world ablaze, 
Martyrs, once unknown, unheeded, 
Join one growing song of praise, 
While your Church on earth confesses
One majestic Trinity: 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 
God, our hope eternally. 
 
3. Jesus Christ, the King of glory, 
Everlasting Son of God, 
Humble was your virgin mother, 
Hard the lonely path you trod: 
By your cross is sin defeated, 
Hell confronted face to face, 
Heaven opened to believers, 
Sinners justified by grace. 
 
4. Christ, at God's right hand victorious, 
You will judge the world you made; 
Lord, in mercy help your servants
For whose freedom you have paid: 
Raise us up from dust to glory, 
Guard us from all sin today: 
King enthroned above all praises, 
Save your people, God, we pray.