Reading 1 Rom 8:
Brothers and sisters: Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and
death. For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending
his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the
flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit. The
concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of
the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who
are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the
spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not
belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is
alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in
you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his
Spirit that dwells in you.Psalm Ps 24: 1B-2. 3-4AB. 5-6.
R. (see 6) Lord, this
is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD's are the earth and its fullness; the
world and those who dwell in it. For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the
rivers.R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the
mountain of the LORD? or who may stand in his holy place? He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is
clean, who desires not what is vain.R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, a reward from God his savior. Such is the
race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.R. Lord, this is the people
that longs to see your face.
Gospel Luke 13: 1-9.
Some people told Jesus about
the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in
reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners
than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as
they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them— do you
think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you,
if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!" And he told them this parable: "There once
was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it
but found none, he said to the gardener, 'For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this
fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?' He said to him in
reply, 'Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize
it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.'"