Readings for Monday 4th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 11:32-40

By faith they conquered kingdoms. God had foreseen something better for us.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
What more shall I say?
I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
   of David and Samuel and the prophets,
   who by faith conquered kingdoms,
   did what was righteous, obtained the promises;
   they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,
   escaped the devouring sword;
   out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle,
   and turned back foreign invaders.
Women received back their dead through resurrection.
Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance,
   in order to obtain a better resurrection.
Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point;
   they went about in skins of sheep or goats,
   needy, afflicted, tormented.
The world was not worthy of them.
They wandered about in deserts and on mountains,
   in caves and in crevices in the earth.

Yet all these, though approved because of their faith,
   did not receive what had been promised.
God had foreseen something better for us,
   so that without us they should not be made perfect.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24

R. :

R. (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

How great is the goodness, O LORD,
   which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
   you show in the sight of the children of men.

R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

You hide them in the shelter of your presence
   from the plottings of men;
You screen them within your abode
   from the strife of tongues.

R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Blessed be the LORD whose wondrous mercy
   he has shown me in a fortified city.

R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Once I said in my anguish,
   “I am cut off from your sight”;
Yet you heard the sound of my pleading
   when I cried out to you.

R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
   The LORD keeps those who are constant,
   but more than requites those who act proudly.

R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Year 2

First Reading
2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13

Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom. Let Shimei alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

An informant came to David with the report,
   “The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom.”
At this, David said to all his servants
   who were with him in Jerusalem:
   “Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.
Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,
   then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword.”

As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.
His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.
All those who were with him also had their heads covered
   and were weeping as they went.

As David was approaching Bahurim,
   a man named Shimei, the son of Gera
   of the same clan as Saul’s family,
   was coming out of the place, cursing as he came.
He threw stones at David and at all the king’s officers,
   even though all the soldiers, including the royal guard,
   were on David’s right and on his left.
Shimei was saying as he cursed:
    “Away, away, you murderous and wicked man!
The LORD has requited you for all the bloodshed in the family of Saul,
   in whose stead you became king,
   and the LORD has given over the kingdom to your son Absalom.
And now you suffer ruin because you are a murderer.”
Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king:
   “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?
Let me go over, please, and lop off his head.”
But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours,
   sons of Zeruiah, that he curses?
Suppose the LORD has told him to curse David;
   who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
Then the king said to Abishai and to all his servants:
   “If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life,
   how much more might this Benjaminite do so?
Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
Perhaps the LORD will look upon my affliction
   and make it up to me with benefits
   for the curses he is uttering this day.”
David and his men continued on the road,
   while Shimei kept abreast of them on the hillside,
   all the while cursing and throwing stones and dirt as he went.

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

R. :

R. (8a) Lord, rise up and save me.

O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
   Many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
   “There is no salvation for him in God.”

R. Lord, rise up and save me.

But you, O LORD, are my shield;
   my glory, you lift up my head!
When I call out to the LORD,
   he answers me from his holy mountain.

R. Lord, rise up and save me.

When I lie down in sleep,
   I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
I fear not the myriads of people
   arrayed against me on every side.

R. Lord, rise up and save me.

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 5:1-20

Unclean spirit, come out of the man!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
   to the territory of the Gerasenes.
When he got out of the boat,
   at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
   and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
   but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
   and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
   he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
   he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
   crying out in a loud voice,
   “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
(He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”
And he pleaded earnestly with him
   not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
And they pleaded with him,
   “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.”
And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
   where they were drowned.
The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
   and throughout the countryside.
And people came out to see what had happened.
As they approached Jesus,
   they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
   sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
   to the possessed man and to the swine.
Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat,
   the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
    “Go home to your family and announce to them
   all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
   what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

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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