The readings for Sunday 25 in Ordinary Time

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

(Is 55: 6-9 NRSV)

           Seek the LORD while he may be found,
                        call upon him while he is near;
            let the wicked forsake their way,
                        and the unrighteous their thoughts;
            let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
                        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
            For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
                        nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
            For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
                        so are my ways higher than your ways
                        and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(Psalm 144(145): 2-3,8-9,17-18 NRSV)

Resp: The Lord is close to all who call him
            Every day I will bless you,
                        and praise your name forever and ever.
            Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
                        his greatness is unsearchable.
Resp: The Lord is close to all who call him
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
                        slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
            The LORD is good to all,
                        and his compassion is over all that he has made.
Resp: The Lord is close to all who call him
            The LORD is just in all his ways,
                        and kind in all his doings.
            The LORD is near to all who call on him,
                        to all who call on him in truth.
Resp: The Lord is close to all who call him

A reading from the Letter to the Philippians

Phil 1:20-24,28a (NRSV)
(The official liturgical version mangles this text, which I have preferred to give uncut)

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents.

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