First Reading: From the Book of First Kings 8:41-43
Vrs41 ‘Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming from a distant country, attracted by your name-
Vrs42 for they too will hear of your name, of your mighty hand and outstretched arm — if a foreigner comes and prays in this Temple,
Vrs43 listen from heaven where you reside, and grant all that the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may acknowledge your name and, like your people Israel, revere you and know that this Temple, which I have built, bears your name.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 117:1, 2
Vrs1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all peoples,
Vrs2 for his faithful love is strong and his constancy never-ending.
Gospel: From the Gospel Account of Saint Luke 7:1-10
Vrs1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum.
Vrs2 A centurion there had a servant, a favorite of his, who was sick and near death.
Vrs3 Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant.
Vrs4 When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him saying, ‘He deserves this of you,
Vrs5 because he is well disposed towards our people; he built us our synagogue himself.’
Vrs6 So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends to say to him, ‘Sir, do not put yourself to any trouble because I am not worthy to have you under my roof;
Vrs7 and that is why I did not presume to come to you myself; let my boy be cured by your giving the word.
Vrs8 For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man, “Go,” and he goes; to another, “Come here,” and he comes; to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.’
Vrs9 When Jesus heard these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith as great as this.’
Vrs10 And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.
Second Reading: from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
Vrs1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any human being but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead,
Vrs2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia.
Vrs6 I am astonished that you are so promptly turning away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are going over to a different gospel-
Vrs7 not that it is another gospel; except that there are trouble-makers among you who are seeking to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Vrs8 But even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven preaches to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let God’s curse be on him.
Vrs9 I repeat again what we declared before: anyone who preaches to you a gospel other than the one you were first given is to be under God’s curse.
Vrs10 Whom am I trying to convince now, human beings or God? Am I trying to please human beings? If I were still doing that I should not be a servant of Christ.