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Gospel Readings for Funerals

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Gospel #1
A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12a)
When he saw the crowds, Jesus went up the mountain, and

after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to

teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart,

for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and

utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice

and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #2

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew (11:25-30)


On one occasion Jesus spoke thus: “I give praise to you,

Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden

these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed

them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your

gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my

Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one

knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the

Son wishes to reveal him.


“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will

give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for

I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for

yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #3

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew (25:1-13)


Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took

their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of

them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when

taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise

brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom

was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At

midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out

to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their

lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your

oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied,

‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to

the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went

off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready

went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was

locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord,

Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say

to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you

know neither the day nor the hour.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #4
A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew (25:31-46)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels

with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations

will be assembled before him. And he will separate them

one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the

goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his

left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you

who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared

for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry

and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a

stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill

and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the

righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see

you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When

did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and

clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit

you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to

you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,

you did for me.’


“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed,

into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his

angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was

thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me

no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in

prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer

and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a

stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your

needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you

did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’

And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous

to eternal life.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel #5 – Long Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark (15:33-39; 16: 1-6)
At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the

afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God,

my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders

who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them

ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it

to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to

take him down.”


Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the

sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion

who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he

said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”


When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the

mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they

might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen,

on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were

saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us

from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they

saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On

entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right

side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed.

He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of

Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold,

the place where they laid him.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #5 – Short Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark (15:33-39)
At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the

afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God,

my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders

who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them

ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it

to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to

take him down.”


Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the

sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion

who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he

said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #6
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (7:11-17)
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a

large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of

the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only

son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from

the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved

with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped

forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and

he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up

and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear

seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great

prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his

people.” This report about him spread through the whole of

Judea and in all the surrounding region.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #7
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (12:35-40)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants

who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to

open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are

those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.

Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at

table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the

second or third watch and find them prepared in this way,

blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the

house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he

would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be

prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man

will come.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #8
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (23:33, 39-43)
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified

Jesus and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on

his left.
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,

“Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other,

however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of

God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed,

we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received

corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing

criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you

come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to

you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #9 – Long Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (23:44-46,50,52-53; 24:1-6a)
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole

land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the

sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I

commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed

his last.


Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph

who, though he was a member of the council, went to Pilate

and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body

down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rockhewn

tomb in which no one had yet been buried.
But at daybreak on the first day of the week the women took

the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They

found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered,

they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they

were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments

appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their

faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the

living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been

raised.”
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #9 – Short Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (23:44-46, 50, 52-53)
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole

land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the

sun. Then the veil of the temple was tom down the middle.

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I

commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed

his last.


Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph

who, though he was a member of the council, went to Pilate

and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body

down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rockhewn

tomb in which no one had yet been buried.
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #10 – Long Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (24:13-35)
Now that very day the first day of the week two of the disciples

were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called

Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that

had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing

and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with

them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He

asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?”

They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named

Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem

who does not know of the things that have taken place

there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of

things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus

the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word

before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers

both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified

him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem

Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this

took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded

us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and

did not find his body; they came back and reported that they

had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he

was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and

found things just as the women had described, but him they

did not see.”


And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of

heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary

that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into

his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,

he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.

As they approached the village to which they were

going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther.

But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and

the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And

it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took

bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.

With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,

but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other,

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us

on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” So they set out

at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered

together the eleven and those with them who were saying,

“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”

Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and

how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel #10 – Short Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke (24: 13-16, 28-35)
Now that very day the first day of the week two of the disciples

were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called

Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that

had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing

and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with

them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.


As they approached the village to which they were going, he

gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they

urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day

is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.


And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he

took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.

With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,

but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other,

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us

on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” So they set out

at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered

together the eleven and those with them who were saying,

“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”

Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and

how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #11
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (5:24-29)
Jesus said to the Jews:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes

in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not

come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.

Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here

when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those

who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so

also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. And

he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the

Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is

coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection

of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the

resurrection of condemnation.”
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #12
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (6:37-40)
Jesus said to the crowd:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I

will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down

from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who

sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I

should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should

raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that

everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have

eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #13
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (6:51-58)
Jesus said to the crowd:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever

eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give

is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this

man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen,

amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man

and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever

eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will

raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my

blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my

blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father

sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one

who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the

bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors

who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #14 – Long Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (11:17-27)
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, he found that Lazarus had already

been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near

Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews

had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their

brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went

to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus,

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will

give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha

said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last

day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever

believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone

who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe

this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that

you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming

into the world.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #14 – Short Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (11:21-27)
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother

would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you

ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your

brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in

the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection

and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies,

will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never

die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have

come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the

one who is coming into the world.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #15
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (11:32-45)
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at

his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my

brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping

and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became

perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, “Where have you

laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus

wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.” But some of

them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the

blind man have done something so that this man would not

have died?”


So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave,

and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now

there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus

said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see

the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus

raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.

I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd

here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”

And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice,

“Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and

foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So

Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what

he had done began to believe in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #16 – Long Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (12:23-28)
Jesus told his disciples:
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen,

amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground

and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces

much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever

hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there

also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves

me.
“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me

from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this

hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from

heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #16 – Short Form
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (12:23-26)
Jesus told his disciples:
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen,

amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground

and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces

much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever

hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there

also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves

me.”
The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel #17
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (14: 1-6)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God;

have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many

dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that

I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare

a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself,

so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you

know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are

going; how can we know the way?”


Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No

one comes to the Father except through me.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #18

A reading from the holy gospel according to John (17:24-26)


Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
Father, [my disciples] are your gift to me. I wish that where I

am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that

you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of

the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know

you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made

known to them your name and I will make it known, that the

love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel #19
A reading from the holy gospel according to John (19:17-18, 25-39)
So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself,

he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,

in Hebrew, Golgotha.



There they crucified him, and with him two others,

one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother

and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,

and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,

he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”

Then he said to the disciple,

“Behold, your mother.”

And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.


After this, aware that everything was now finished,

in order that the scripture might be fulfilled,

Jesus said, “I thirst.”

There was a vessel filled with common wine.

So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop

and put it up to his mouth.

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,

“It is finished.”

And bowing his head, he handed over the Spirit.


Now since it was preparation day,

in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,

for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,

the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken

and they be taken down.

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first

and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,

they did not break his legs,

but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,

and immediately blood and water flowed out.

An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;

he knows that he is speaking the truth,

so that you also may [come to] believe.

For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled:

“Not a bone of it will be broken.”

And again another passage says:

“They will look upon him whom they have pierced.”


After this, Joseph of Arimathea,

secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,

asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.

And Pilate permitted it.

So he came and took his body.

Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,

also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes

weighing about one hundred pounds.


The Gospel of the Lord.




Lectionary for Mass, Vol. IV, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,

Catholic Book Publishing Co., New Jersey, 2002. Updated December 2011






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