Readings for Wednesday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 7:1-3, 15-17

You are a priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,
   met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings
   and blessed him.

And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.
His name first means righteous king,
   and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.
Without father, mother, or ancestry,
   without beginning of days or end of life,
   thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up
   after the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become so,
   not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent
   but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.
For it is testified:

   You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R. :

R. (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
   till I make your enemies your footstool.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
   “Rule in the midst of your enemies.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
   before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
   “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

David spoke to Saul:
“Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.”
But Saul answered David,
   “You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
   for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.”

David continued:
   “The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
   will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.”
Saul answered David, “Go! the LORD will be with you.”

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
   and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
   the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
   and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
   the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
   “Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?”
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
   and said to him, “Come here to me,
   and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
   and the beasts of the field.”
David answered him:
   “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
   but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
   the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
   I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
   and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
   and the beasts of the field;
   thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.
All this multitude, too,
   shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.
For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.”

The Philistine then moved to meet David at close quarters,
   while David ran quickly toward the battle line
   in the direction of the Philistine.
David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone,
   hurled it with the sling,
   and struck the Philistine on the forehead.
The stone embedded itself in his brow,
   and he fell prostrate on the ground.
Thus David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone;
   he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a sword.
Then David ran and stood over him;
   with the Philistine’s own sword which he drew from its sheath
   he dispatched him and cut off his head.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10

R. :

R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
   who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

My refuge and my fortress,
   my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
   who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

O God, I will sing a new song to you;
   with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise,
You who give victory to kings,
   and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Gospel Acclamation
See Mt 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 3:1-6

Is it lawful on the sabbath to save life rather than to destroy it?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus entered the synagogue.
There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched Jesus closely
   to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
   so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand,
   “Come up here before us.”
Then he said to the Pharisees,
   “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
   to save life rather than to destroy it?”
But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger
   and grieved at their hardness of heart,
   Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
   with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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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