437 A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture.
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Matthew: 10:28-33
Do not fear
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."
Isaiah 59:6b-8, 15-18-The lord is appalled by evil and injustice.
Job 3:1-26-Lamentation of Job.
Lamentations 3:1-24-1 am one who knows affliction.
Lamentations 3:49-59-When 1 called, you came to my aid.
Micah 4:1-4-Every person shall sit undisturbed.
Matthew 5:1-10-The beatitudes.
Matthew 5:43-48-Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.
Luke 10:25-37-The good Samaritan.
439 As circumstances suggest, one of the following responsorial psalms may be sung, or some other suitable song.
R. The Lord is my strength and my salvation.
Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, From those who devise evil in their hearts, and stir up wars every day. R.
Save me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men Who plan to trip up my feet--the proud who have hidden a trap for me; They have spread cords for a net; by the wayside they have laid snares for me. R.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; further not their plans. Those who surround me lift up their heads; may the mischief which they threaten overwhelm them. R.
I know that the LORD renders justice to the afflicted, judgment to the poor. Surely the just shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence. R.
Psalm 142:2-3, 4b-5, 6-7
R. (v. 6) You, 0 Lord, are my refuge.
Psalm 31:2-3a, 4-5, 15-16, 24-25
R. (v. 6) Into your hands I commend my spirit.
440 As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.