Reading 1, Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20
5 So Tobias called his companion and said, ‘Take half of what you brought back, in payment for all you have done, and go in peace.’
6 Then Raphael took them both aside and said, ‘Bless God, utter his praise before all the living for the favour he has shown you. Bless and extol his name. Proclaim before all people the deeds of God as they deserve, and never tire of giving him thanks.
8 ‘Prayer with fasting and alms with uprightness are better than riches with iniquity. Better to practise almsgiving than to hoard up gold.
9 Almsgiving saves from death and purges every kind of sin. Those who give alms have their fill of days;
13 When you did not hesitate to get up and leave the table to go and bury a dead man, I was sent to test your faith,
20 Now bless the Lord on earth and give thanks to God. I am about to return to him who sent me from above. Write down all that has happened.’ And he rose in the air.
Responsorial Psalm, Tobit 13:2, 6
2 For he both punishes and pardons; he sends people down to the depths of the underworld and draws them up from utter Destruction; no one can escape his hand.
6 If you return to him with all your heart and all your soul, behaving honestly towards him, then he will return to you and hide his face from you no longer. Consider how well he has treated you; loudly give him thanks. Bless the Lord of justice and extol the King of the ages. I for my part sing his praise in the country of my exile; I make his power and greatness known to a nation that has sinned. Sinners, return to him; let your conduct be upright before him; perhaps he will be gracious to you and take pity on you.
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38 In his teaching he said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares,
39 to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets;
41 He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal.
44 for they have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’
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