Readings for Saturday 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Image: Hendrick ter Brugghen: The Calling of St Matthew, Wikimedia Commons

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 4:12-16

Let us confidently approach the throne of grace.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

The word of God is living and effective,
   sharper than any two-edged sword,
   penetrating even between soul and spirit,
   joints and marrow,
   and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
   but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
   to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
   Jesus, the Son of God,
   let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
   who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
   but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
   yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
   to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15

R. :

℟. (see John 6:63c) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
   refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
   giving wisdom to the simple.

℟. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
   enlightening the eye.

℟. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
   enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
   all of them just.

℟. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
   find favor before you,
   O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

℟. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

This is the man of whom the LORD God spoke, Saul who will rule his people.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
   who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
   son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
   he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Saul’s father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you
   and go out and hunt for the asses.”
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
   and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
   they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
   but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
   “This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.”

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
   “Please tell me where the seer lives.”
Samuel answered Saul: “I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
   I will tell you whatever you wish.”

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul’s head;
   he also kissed him, saying:
   “The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORD’s people Israel,
   and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

“This will be the sign for you
   that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

R. (2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
   in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
   you refused not the wish of his lips.

R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,
   you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of you: you gave him
   length of days forever and ever.

R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

Great is his glory in your victory;
   majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
For you made him a blessing forever;
   you gladdened him with the joy of your face.

R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.

Gospel Acclamation
Lk 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 2:13-17

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
   sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
   many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
   for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
   and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
   “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
   “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

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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