Readings for Tuesday 4th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 12:1-4

Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
   let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
   and persevere in running the race that lies before us
   while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
   the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
   Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame,
   and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,
   in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin
   you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32

R. :

℟. (see 27b) They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.


I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him.
The lowly shall eat their fill;
   they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
   “May your hearts be ever merry!”

℟. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.

All the ends of the earth
   shall remember and turn to the LORD;
All the families of the nations
   shall bow down before him.
To him alone shall bow down
   all who sleep in the earth;
Before him shall bend
   all who go down into the dust.

℟. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.

And to him my soul shall live;
   my descendants shall serve him.
Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
   that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
   the justice he has shown.

℟. They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.

Year 2

First Reading
2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30; 19:3

My son Absalom, if only I had died instead of you.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

Absalom unexpectedly came up against David’s servants.
He was mounted on a mule,
   and, as the mule passed under the branches of a large terebinth,
   his hair caught fast in the tree.
He hung between heaven and earth
   while the mule he had been riding ran off.
Someone saw this and reported to Joab
   that he had seen Absalom hanging from a terebinth.
And taking three pikes in hand,
   he thrust for the heart of Absalom,
   still hanging from the tree alive.

Now David was sitting between the two gates,
   and a lookout went up to the roof of the gate above the city wall,
   where he looked about and saw a man running all alone.
The lookout shouted to inform the king, who said,
   “If he is alone, he has good news to report.”
The king said, “Step aside and remain in attendance here.”
So he stepped aside and remained there.
When the Cushite messenger came in, he said,
   “Let my lord the king receive the good news
   that this day the LORD has taken your part,
   freeing you from the grasp of all who rebelled against you.”
But the king asked the Cushite, “Is young Absalom safe?”
The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king
   and all who rebel against you with evil intent
   be as that young man!”

The king was shaken,
   and went up to the room over the city gate to weep.
He said as he wept,
   “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
If only I had died instead of you,
   Absalom, my son, my son!”

Joab was told that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom;
   and that day’s victory was turned into mourning for the whole army
   when they heard that the king was grieving for his son.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. :

R. (1a) Listen, Lord, and answer me.

Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
   or I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
   save your servant who trusts in you.
   You are my God.

R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
   for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
   and attend to the sound of my pleading.

R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 5:21-43

Little girl, I say to you, arise!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
   to the other side,
   a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
   “My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
   that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him
   and a large crowd followed him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
   and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
   and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
   turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to him,
   “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
   and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
   approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
   people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
   “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
   Jesus said to the synagogue official,
   “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
   except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
   he caught sight of a commotion,
   people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
   “Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
   and those who were with him
   and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
   which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
   and said that she should be given something to eat.

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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