Readings for Thursday 4th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 12:18-19, 21-24

You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
   and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
   and storm and a trumpet blast
   and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
   begged that no message be further addressed to them.
Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,
   “I am terrified and trembling.”
No, you have approached Mount Zion
   and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
   and countless angels in festal gathering,
   and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
   and God the judge of all,
   and the spirits of the just made perfect,
   and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
   and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently
   than that of Abel.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11

R. :

R. (see 10) O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
   is the joy of all the earth.

R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
   the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
   renowned is he as a stronghold.

R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

As we had heard, so have we seen
   in the city of the LORD of hosts,
In the city of our God;
   God makes it firm forever.

R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

O God, we ponder your mercy
   within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
   reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.

R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12

I am going the way of all flesh. Take courage and be a man.

A reading from the first Book of Kings

When the time of David’s death drew near,
   he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:
   “I am going the way of all flesh.
Take courage and be a man.
Keep the mandate of the Lord, your God, following his ways
   and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees
   as they are written in the law of Moses,
   that you may succeed in whatever you do,
   wherever you turn, and the Lord may fulfill
   the promise he made on my behalf when he said,
   ‘If your sons so conduct themselves
   that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart
   and with their whole soul,
   you shall always have someone of your line
   on the throne of Israel.’”

David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David.
The length of David’s reign over Israel was forty years:
   he reigned seven years in Hebron
   and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David,
   with his sovereignty firmly established.


Responsorial Psalm
1 Chr 29:10, 11ab, 11d-12a, 12bcd

R. :

R. (12b) Lord, you are exalted over all.

“Blessed may you be, O LORD,
   God of Israel our father,
   from eternity to eternity.”

R. Lord, you are exalted over all.

“Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
   majesty, splendor, and glory.”

R. Lord, you are exalted over all.

“LORD, you are exalted over all.
   Yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty;
   you are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor are from you.”

R. Lord, you are exalted over all.

“In your hand are power and might;
   it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.”

R. Lord, you are exalted over all.


Gospel Acclamation
Mk 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mk 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
   and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
   —no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
   “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
   leave there and shake the dust off your feet
   in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
   and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

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.

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