First Reading: From the Book of First Kings 17:17-24
Vrs17 It happened after this that the son of the mistress of the house fell sick; his illness was so severe that in the end he expired.
Vrs18 And the woman said to Elijah, ‘What quarrel have you with me, man of God? Have you come here to bring my sins home to me and to kill my son?’
Vrs19 ‘Give me your son,’ he said and, taking him from her lap, he carried him to the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his bed.
Vrs20 He cried out to Yahweh, ‘Yahweh my God, by killing her son do you mean to bring grief even to the widow who is looking after me?’
Vrs21 He stretched himself on the child three times and cried out to Yahweh, ‘Yahweh my God, may the soul of this child, I beg you, come into him again!’
Vrs22 Yahweh heard Elijah’s prayer and the child’s soul came back into his body and he revived.
Vrs23 Elijah took the child, brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. ‘Look,’ Elijah said, ‘your son is alive.’
Vrs24 And the woman replied, ‘Now I know you are a man of God and the word of Yahweh in your mouth is truth itself.’
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Vrs2 Yahweh, my God, I cried to you for help and you healed me.
Vrs3 Yahweh, you have lifted me out of Sheol, from among those who sink into oblivion you have given me life.
Vrs4 Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness.
Vrs5 His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life; In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy.
Vrs6 Carefree, I used to think, ‘Nothing can ever shake me!’
Vrs11 You have turned my mourning into dancing, you have stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
Vrs12 So my heart will sing to you unceasingly, Yahweh, my God, I shall praise you for ever.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Luke 7:11-17
Vrs11 It happened that soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people.
Vrs12 Now when he was near the gate of the town there was a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople was with her.
Vrs13 When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her and said to her, ‘Don’t cry.’
Vrs14 Then he went up and touched the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you: get up.’
Vrs15 And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Vrs16 Everyone was filled with awe and glorified God saying, ‘A great prophet has risen up among us; God has visited his people.’
Vrs17 And this view of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.
Second Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 1:11-19
Vrs11 Now I want to make it quite clear to you, brothers, about the gospel that was preached by me, that it was no human message.
Vrs12 It was not from any human being that I received it, and I was not taught it, but it came to me through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Vrs13 You have surely heard how I lived in the past, within Judaism, and how there was simply no limit to the way I persecuted the Church of God in my attempts to destroy it;
Vrs14 and how, in Judaism, I outstripped most of my Jewish contemporaries in my limitless enthusiasm for the traditions of my ancestors.
Vrs15 But when God, who had set me apart from the time when I was in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose
Vrs16 to reveal his Son in me, so that I should preach him to the gentiles, I was in no hurry to confer with any human being,
Vrs17 or to go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me. Instead, I went off to Arabia, and later I came back to Damascus.
Vrs18 Only after three years did I go up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas. I stayed fifteen days with him
Vrs19 but did not set eyes on any of the rest of the apostles, only James, the Lord’s brother.