First Reading: (Sirach 35:1-12)
He that keepeth the law, multiplieth offerings. It is a wholesome sacrifice to take heed to the commandments, and to depart from all iniquity.
And to depart from injustice, is to offer a propitiatory sacrifice for injustices, and a begging of pardon for sins. He shall return thanks, that offereth fine flour: and he that doth mercy, offereth sacrifice.
To depart from iniquity is that which pleaseth the Lord, and to depart from injustice, is an entreaty for sins.
Thou shalt not appear empty in the sight of the Lord. For all these things are to be done because of the commandment of God. The oblation of the just maketh the altar fat, and is an odour of sweetness in the sight of the most High.
The sacrifice of the just is acceptable, and the Lord will not forget the memorial thereof. Give glory to God with a good heart: and diminish not the firstfruits of thy hands. In every gift shew a cheerful countenance, and sanctify thy tithes with joy.
Give to the most High according to what he hath given to thee, And with a good eye do according to the ability of thy hands: For the Lord maketh recompense, and will give thee seven times as much. Do not offer wicked gifts, for such he will not receive.
And look not upon an unjust sacrifice, for the Lord is judge, and there is not with him respect of person.
Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before sacrifices.
And the heavens shall declare his justice: for God is judge.
Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify to thee: I am God, thy God.
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices: and thy burnt offerings are always in my sight.
Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the most High.
The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me: and there is the way by which I will shew him the salvation of God.
And Peter began to say unto him: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee.
Jesus answering, said: Amen I say to you, there is no man who hath left house or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, Who shall not receive an hundred times as much, now in this time; houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come life everlasting.
But many that are first, shall be last: and the last, first.