READINGS (THURSDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME)

FIRST READING
Gn 9:1-13

I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:
   “Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.
Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth
   and all the birds of the air,
   upon all the creatures that move about on the ground
   and all the fishes of the sea;
   into your power they are delivered.
Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;
   I give them all to you as I did the green plants.
Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat.
For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting:
   from every animal I will demand it,
   and from one man in regard to his fellow man
   I will demand an accounting for human life.

   If anyone sheds the blood of man,
      by man shall his blood be shed;
   For in the image of God
      has man been made.

Be fertile, then, and multiply;
   abound on earth and subdue it.”

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
   “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
   and your descendants after you
   and with every living creature that was with you:
   all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
   that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
   that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
   by the waters of a flood;
   there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
   “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
   of the covenant between me and you
   and every living creature with you:
   I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
   of the covenant between me and the earth.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23

R. (20) From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
   and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
   and not despised their prayer.

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Let this be written for the generation to come,
   and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
   from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
   to release those doomed to die.”

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

The children of your servants shall abide,
   and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion,
   and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
   and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Jn 6:63c, 68c

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mk 8:27-33

You are the Christ of God. The Son of Man must suffer greatly.

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