Sir 17:1-15

In his own image the Lord made them.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

God from the earth created man,
   and in his own image he made him.
He makes man return to earth again,
   and endows him with a strength of his own.
Limited days of life he gives him,
   with power over all things else on earth.
He puts the fear of him in all flesh,
   and gives him rule over beasts and birds.
He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears,
   and an inventive heart,
   and filled them with the discipline of understanding.
He created in them knowledge of the spirit;
With wisdom he fills their heart;
   good and evil he shows them.
He put the fear of himself upon their hearts,
   and showed them his mighty works,
That they might glory in the wonder of his deeds
   and praise his holy name.
He has set before them knowledge,
   a law of life as their inheritance;
An everlasting covenant he has made with them,
   his justice and his judgments he has revealed to them.
His majestic glory their eyes beheld,
   his glorious voice their ears heard.
He says to them, “Avoid all evil;”
   each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
Their ways are ever known to him,
   they cannot be hidden from his eyes.
Over every nation he places a ruler,
   but God’s own portion is Israel.
All their actions are clear as the sun to him,
   his eyes are ever upon their ways.

Ps 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18

R. (see 17) The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
For he knows how we are formed;
   he remembers that we are dust.

R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Man’s days are like those of grass;
   like a flower of the field he blooms;
The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
   and his place knows him no more.

R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
   to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children’s children
   among those who keep his covenant.

R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

See Mt 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 10:13-16

Whoever does not accept the Kingdom like a child will not enter it.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
   but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
   “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
   for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
   whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
   will not enter it.”
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
   placing his hands on them.

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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