READINGS (WEDNESDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME)

FIRST READING
Gn 8:6-13, 20-22

Noah saw that the surface of the ground was drying up.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,
   and he sent out a raven,
   to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.
Then he sent out a dove,
   to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,
   and it returned to him in the ark,
   for there was water all over the earth.
Putting out his hand, he caught the dove
   and drew it back to him inside the ark.
He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark.
In the evening the dove came back to him,
   and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf!
So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth.
He waited still another seven days
   and then released the dove once more;
   and this time it did not come back.

In the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life,
   in the first month, on the first day of the month,
   the water began to dry up on the earth.
Noah then removed the covering of the ark
   and saw that the surface of the ground was drying up.

Noah built an altar to the LORD,
   and choosing from every clean animal and every clean bird,
   he offered burnt offerings on the altar.
When the LORD smelled the sweet odor, he said to himself:
   “Never again will I doom the earth because of man
   since the desires of man’s heart are evil from the start;
   nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done.
As long as the earth lasts,
   seedtime and harvest,
   cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
   and day and night
   shall not cease.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

R. (17a) To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
  or:
R.
 Alleluia.

How shall I make a return to the LORD
   for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
   and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
  or:
R.
 Alleluia.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
   in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
   is the death of his faithful ones.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
  or:
R.
 Alleluia.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
   in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
  or:
R.
 Alleluia.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
See Eph 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mk 8:22-26

His sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
   people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
   “Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
   his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

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