READINGS (WEDNESDAY OF THE SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME)

FIRST READING
Sir 4:11-19

Those who love her the LORD loves.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Wisdom breathes life into her children
   and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life;
   those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.
He who holds her fast inherits glory;
   wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One;
   those who love her the LORD loves.
He who obeys her judges nations;
   he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers.
If one trusts her, he will possess her;
   his descendants too will inherit her.
She walks with him as a stranger
   and at first she puts him to the test;
Fear and dread she brings upon him
   and tries him with her discipline
   until she try him by her laws and trust his soul.
Then she comes back to bring him happiness
   and reveal her secrets to them
   and she will heap upon him
   treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice.
But if he fails her, she will abandon him
   and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175

R. (165a) O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Those who love your law have great peace,
   and for them there is no stumbling block.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I keep your precepts and your decrees,
   for all my ways are before you.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

My lips pour forth your praise,
   because you teach me your statutes.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

May my tongue sing of your promise,
   for all your commands are just.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I long for your salvation, O LORD,
   and your law is my delight.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Let my soul live to praise you,
   and may your ordinances help me.

R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mk 9:38-40

Whoever is not against us is for us.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

John said to Jesus,
   “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
   and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
   who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”

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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