Readings for Wednesday 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 2:14-18

He had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be merciful.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
   that through death he might destroy the one
   who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
   and free those who through fear of death
   had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
   but rather the descendants of Abraham;
   therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,
   that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
   to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
   he is able to help those who are being tested.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

R. :

℟. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
   make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
   proclaim all his wondrous deeds.

℟. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

Glory in his holy name;
   rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
   seek to serve him constantly.

℟. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
   sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
   throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

℟. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

He remembers forever his covenant
   which he made binding for a thousand generations—
Which he entered into with Abraham
   and by his oath to Isaac.

℟. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
℟. Alleluia.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20

Speak, O LORD, your servant is listening.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
    a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
    and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
    where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”

Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”
“I did not call you,” Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
“Here I am,” he said. “You called me.”
But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
   because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am.
You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So Eli said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
    ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
   the LORD came and revealed his presence,
   calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
   not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Thus all Israel from Dan to Beersheba
   came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10

R. :

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I have waited, waited for the LORD,
   and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
   who turns not to idolatry
   or to those who stray after falsehood.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
   but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
   then said I, “Behold I come.”

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
   To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
   and your law is within my heart!”

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
   I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
I know them, and they follow me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 1:29-39

Jesus cured many who were sick with various diseases.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

On leaving the synagogue
   Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
   they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
   and he drove out many demons,
   not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn,
   he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
   and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
   that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
   throughout the whole of Galilee.

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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