Readings for Saturday 6th Week in Ordinary Time

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Year 1

First Reading
Heb 11:1-7

By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
   and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,
   so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.
By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s.
Through this, he was attested to be righteous,
   God bearing witness to his gifts,
   and through this, though dead, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death,
   and he was found no more because God had taken him.
Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him,
   for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists
   and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen,
   with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household.
Through this, he condemned the world
   and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11

R. :

℟. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Every day will I bless you,
   and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable.

℟. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Generation after generation praises your works
   and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
   and tell of your wondrous works.

℟. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
   and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
   and speak of your might.

℟. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Year 2

First Reading
Jas 3:1-10

No human being can tame the tongue.

A reading from the letter of Apostle Saint James

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you realize that we will be judged more strictly,for we all fall short in many respects. If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes. In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions.

Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this need not be so.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 12:2-3, 4-5, 7-8

R. :

℟. (8a) You will protect us, Lord.

Help, O LORD,
   faithfulness has vanished from among the children of men.
Everyone speaks falsehood to his neighbor;
   with smooth lips they speak, and double heart.

℟. You will protect us, Lord.

May the LORD destroy all smooth lips,
   every boastful tongue,
Those who say, “We are heroes with our tongues;
   our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”

℟. You will protect us, Lord.

The promises of the LORD are sure,
   like tried silver, freed from dross, sevenfold refined.
You, O LORD, will keep us
   and preserve us always from this generation.

℟. You will protect us, Lord.

Acclamation before the Gospel
See Mk 9:6

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 9:2-13

Jesus was transfigured before them.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
   and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
   and his clothes became dazzling white,
   such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
   and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
   “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
   one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
   then from the cloud came a voice,
   “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone
   but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
   he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
   except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
   questioning what rising from the dead meant.
Then they asked him,
   “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things,
   yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man
   that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that Elijah has come
   and they did to him whatever they pleased,
   as it is written of him.”

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.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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