31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: 2nd Reading

1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13

Brothers and sisters:
We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
   not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
   so dearly beloved had you become to us.
You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
   we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
   that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
   you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God,
   which is now at work in you who believe.