A reading from the Book of Nehemiah
Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12

The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,
and they called upon Ezra the scribe
to bring forth the book of the law of Moses
which the LORD prescribed for Israel.
On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,
Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
“Amen, amen!”
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
As the people remained in their places,
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep”–
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”
And the Levites quieted all the people, saying,
“Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened.”
Then all the people went to eat and drink,
to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy,
for they understood the words that had been expounded to them.


From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 10:1-12

Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”




Del Libro de Deuteronomio 7, 9-10. 13-14

Yo, Daniel, tuve una visión nocturna:
Vi que colocaban unos tronos
y un anciano se sentó.
Su vestido era blanco como la nieve,
y sus cabellos, blancos como lana.
Su trono, llamas de fuego,
con ruedas encendidas.
Un río de fuego brotaba delante de él.
Miles y miles lo servían,
millones y millones estaban a sus órdenes.
Comenzó el juicio y se abrieron los libros.

Yo seguí contemplando en mi visión nocturna
y vi a alguien semejante a un hijo de hombre,
que venía entre las nubes del cielo.
Avanzó hacia el anciano de muchos siglos
y fue introducido a su presencia.
Entonces recibió la soberanía, la gloria y el reino.
Y todos los pueblos y naciones
de todas las lenguas lo servían.
Su poder nunca se acabará, porque es un poder eterno,
y su reino jamás será destruido.


Evangelio según Juan 1, 47-51

En aquel tiempo, cuando Jesús vio que Natanael se acercaba, dijo: “Éste es un verdadero israelita en el que no hay doblez”. Natanael le preguntó: “¿De dónde me conoces?” Jesús le respondió: “Antes de que Felipe te llamara, te vi cuando estabas debajo de la higuera”. Respondió Natanael: “Maestro, tú eres el Hijo de Dios, tú eres el rey de Israel”. Jesús le contestó: “Tú crees, porque te he dicho que te vi debajo de la higuera. Mayores cosas has de ver”. Después añadió: “Yo les aseguro que verán el cielo abierto y a los ángeles de Dios subir y bajar sobre el Hijo del hombre”.