Readings for Friday 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 4:1-5, 11

Let us strive to enter into that rest.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Let us be on our guard
   while the promise of entering into his rest remains,
   that none of you seem to have failed.
For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.
But the word that they heard did not profit them,
   for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
For we who believed enter into that rest,
   just as he has said:

   As I swore in my wrath,
   “They shall not enter into my rest,”

   and yet his works were accomplished
   at the foundation of the world.
For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner,
   And God rested on the seventh day from all his works;
   and again, in the previously mentioned place,
   They shall not enter into my rest.

Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest,
   so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8

R. :

℟. (see 7b) Do not forget the works of the Lord!

What we have heard and know,
   and what our fathers have declared to us,
   we will declare to the generation to come
The glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength.

℟. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

That they too may rise and declare to their sons
   that they should put their hope in God,
And not forget the deeds of God
   but keep his commands.

℟. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

And not be like their fathers,
   a generation wayward and rebellious,
A generation that kept not its heart steadfast
   nor its spirit faithful toward God.

℟. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a

You will complain against the king whom you have chosen, but on that day the LORD will not answer you.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

All the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramah
   and said to him, “Now that you are old,
   and your sons do not follow your example,
   appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.”

Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them.
He prayed to the LORD, however, who said in answer:
   “Grant the people’s every request.
It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king.”

Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full
   to those who were asking him for a king.
He told them:
   “The rights of the king who will rule you will be as follows:
   He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses,
   and they will run before his chariot.
He will also appoint from among them his commanders of groups
   of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers.
He will set them to do his plowing and his harvesting,
   and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
He will use your daughters as ointment makers, as cooks, and as bakers.
He will take the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive groves,
   and give them to his officials.
He will tithe your crops and your vineyards,
   and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.
He will take your male and female servants,
   as well as your best oxen and your asses,
   and use them to do his work.
He will tithe your flocks and you yourselves will become his slaves.
When this takes place,
   you will complain against the king whom you have chosen,
   but on that day the LORD will not answer you.”

The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said,
   “Not so! There must be a king over us.
We too must be like other nations,
   with a king to rule us and to lead us in warfare
   and fight our battles.”
When Samuel had listened to all the people had to say,
   he repeated it to the LORD, who then said to him,
   “Grant their request and appoint a king to rule them.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:16-17, 18-19

R. :

R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
   in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
   and through your justice they are exalted.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

For you are the splendor of their strength,
   and by your favor our horn is exalted.
For to the LORD belongs our shield,
   and to the Holy One of Israel, our King.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Lk 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 2:1-12

The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
   it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
   not even around the door,
   and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
   they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
   they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
   “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
   “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
   they were thinking to themselves,
   so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
   ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
   or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
   that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
   —he said to the paralytic,
   “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
   and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
   and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

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 Reflection


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