Readings for Friday 5th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
1 Gn 3:1-8

You will be like gods, knowing what is good and what is evil.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
   that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
   “Did God really tell you not to eat
   from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
   “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
   it is only about the fruit of the tree
   in the middle of the garden that God said,
   ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman:
   “You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
   your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
   who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
   pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
   and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
   and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
   and they realized that they were naked;
   so they sewed fig leaves together
   and made loincloths for themselves.

When they heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the garden
   at the breezy time of the day,
   the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God
   among the trees of the garden.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7

R. :

R. (1a) Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
   whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
   in whose spirit there is no guile.

R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
   my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
   and you took away the guilt of my sin.

R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

For this shall every faithful man pray to you
   in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
   they shall not reach him.

R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
   with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.

R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Kg 11:25-32; 12:19

Israel went into rebellion against David’s house.

A reading from the first Book of Kings

Jeroboam left Jerusalem,
   and the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road.
The two were alone in the area,
   and the prophet was wearing a new cloak.
Ahijah took off his new cloak,
   tore it into twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam:

   “Take ten pieces for yourself;
      the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
      ‘I will tear away the kingdom from Solomon’s grasp
      and will give you ten of the tribes.
One tribe shall remain to him for the sake of David my servant,
   and of Jerusalem,
   the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.’”

Israel went into rebellion against David’s house to this day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15

R. :

R. (11a and 9a) I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“There shall be no strange god among you
   nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
   who led you forth from the land of Egypt.”

R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“My people heard not my voice,
   and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
   they walked according to their own counsels.”

R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

“If only my people would hear me,
   and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
   against their foes I would turn my hand.”

R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

Gospel Acclamation
See Acts 16:14b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 7:31:-37

He makes the dead hear and the mute speak.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus left the district of Tyre
   and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
   into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
   and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
   and, spitting, touched his tongue;
   then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
   “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
   his speech impediment was removed,
   and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
   the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
   “He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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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