Readings for Monday 8th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Pt 1:3-9

Although you have not seen him, you love him; you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
   through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
   to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
   kept in heaven for you
   who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
   to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
   you may have to suffer through various trials,
   so that the genuineness of your faith,
   more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
   may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
   at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
   even though you do not see him now yet you believe in him,
   you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
   as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 111:1-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c

R. :

℟. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
   in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
   exquisite in all their delights.

℟. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

He has given food to those who fear him;
   he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
   giving them the inheritance of the nations.

℟. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

He has sent deliverance to his people;
  he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
   His praise endures forever.

℟. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

Year 2


Sir 17:20-24 

Turn again to the Most High, and learn the judgments. 

A reading from the Book of Sirach

To the penitent God provides a way back,
he encourages those who are losing hope
and has chosen for them the lot of truth.
Return to him and give up sin,
pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.
Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,
hate intensely what he loathes,
and know the justice and judgments of God,
Stand firm in the way set before you,
in prayer to the Most High God.

Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High
in place of the living who offer their praise?
Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,
but offer your praise before death.
No more can the dead give praise
than those who have never lived;
You who are alive and well
shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.
How great the mercy of the LORD,
his forgiveness of those who return to him!

Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7

R. (11a) Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

For this shall every faithful man pray to you
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

2 Cor 8:9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ bcame poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 10:17-27

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement, his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the Kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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