Readings for Saturday 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 11:1-2, 8-19

He was looking forward to the city whose architect and maker is God.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
   and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
   that he was to receive as an inheritance;
   he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
   dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
   for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
   whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate,
   even though he was past the normal age
   —and Sarah herself was sterile—
   for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man,
   himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

All these died in faith.
They did not receive what had been promised
   but saw it and greeted it from afar
   and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth,
   for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland.
If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come,
   they would have had opportunity to return.
But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one.
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God,
   for he has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
   and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
   of whom it was said,
   Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
   and he received Isaac back as a symbol.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75

R. :

R. (see 68) Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
   born of the house of his servant David.

R. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old.
   that he would save us from our sins
   from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
   and to remember his holy covenant.

R. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
   to set us free from the bonds of our enemies,
   free to worship him without fear,
   holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

R. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Year 2


First Reading
2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17

I have sinned against the LORD.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him,
   Nathan said: “Judge this case for me!
In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor.
The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers.
But the poor man had nothing at all
   except one little ewe lamb that he had bought.
He nourished her, and she grew up with him and his children.
She shared the little food he had
   and drank from his cup and slept in his bosom.
She was like a daughter to him.
Now, the rich man received a visitor,
   but he would not take from his own flocks and herds
   to prepare a meal for the wayfarer who had come to him.
Instead he took the poor man’s ewe lamb
   and made a meal of it for his visitor.”
David grew very angry with that man and said to him:
   “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this merits death!
He shall restore the ewe lamb fourfold
   because he has done this and has had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man!
Thus says the LORD God of Israel:
   ‘The sword shall never depart from your house,
   because you have despised me
   and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’
Thus says the LORD:
   ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.
I will take your wives while you live to see it,
   and will give them to your neighbor.
He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.
You have done this deed in secret,
   but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel,
   and with the sun looking down.’”

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan answered David: “The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin:
   you shall not die.
But since you have utterly spurned the LORD by this deed,
   the child born to you must surely die.”
Then Nathan returned to his house.

The LORD struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne to David,
   and it became desperately ill.
David besought God for the child.
He kept a fast, retiring for the night
   to lie on the ground clothed in sackcloth.
The elders of his house stood beside him
   urging him to rise from the ground; but he would not,
   nor would he take food with them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. :

R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
   and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
   and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
   and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners shall return to you.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
   then my tongue shall revel in your justice.
O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Gospel Acclamation
John 3:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 4:35-41

Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
   so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
   “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
   rebuked the wind,
   and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
   “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

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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