Readings for Saturday 5th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 3:9-24

God banished him from the garden of Eden to till the ground.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
   but I was afraid, because I was naked,
   so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
   from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with meB
   she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
   “Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:

   “Because you have done this, you shall be banned
      from all the animals
   and from all the wild creatures;
      On your belly shall you crawl,
   and dirt shall you eat
      all the days of your life.
   I will put enmity between you and the woman,
      and between your offspring and hers;
   He will strike at your head,
      while you strike at his heel.”

To the woman he said:

   “I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing;
      in pain shall you bring forth children.
   Yet your urge shall be for your husband,
      and he shall be your master.”

To the man he said: “Because you listened to your wife
   and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

   “Cursed be the ground because of you!
      In toil shall you eat its yield
      all the days of your life.
   Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you,
      as you eat of the plants of the field.
   By the sweat of your face
      shall you get bread to eat,
   Until you return to the ground,
      from which you were taken;
   For you are dirt,
      and to dirt you shall return.”

The man called his wife Eve,
   because she became the mother of all the living.

For the man and his wife the LORD God made leather garments,
   with which he clothed them.
Then the LORD God said: “See! The man has become like one of us,
   knowing what is good and what is evil!
Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand
   to take fruit from the tree of life also,
   and thus eat of it and live forever.”
The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden,
   to till the ground from which he had been taken.
When he expelled the man,
   he settled him east of the garden of Eden;
   and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword,
   to guard the way to the tree of life.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13

R. :

R. (1) In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Before the mountains were begotten
   and the earth and the world were brought forth,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

You turn man back to dust,
   saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
   are as yesterday, now that it is past,
   or as a watch of the night.

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

You make an end of them in their sleep;
   the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
   but by evening wilts and fades.

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Teach us to number our days aright,
   that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
   Have pity on your servants!

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Kgs12:26-32; 13:33-34

Jeroboam made two golden calves.

A reading from the first Book of Kings

Jeroboam thought to himself:
“The kingdom will return to David’s house.
If now this people go up to offer sacrifices
   in the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem,
   the hearts of this people will return to their master,
   Rehoboam, king of Judah,
   and they will kill me.”
After taking counsel, the king made two calves of gold
   and said to the people:
   “You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough.
Here is your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
And he put one in Bethel, the other in Dan.
This led to sin, because the people frequented those calves
   in Bethel and in Dan.
He also built temples on the high places
   and made priests from among the people who were not Levites.
Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth month
   on the fifteenth day of the month
   to duplicate in Bethel the pilgrimage feast of Judah,
   with sacrifices to the calves he had made;
   and he stationed in Bethel priests of the high places he had built.

Jeroboam did not give up his evil ways after this,
   but again made priests for the high places
   from among the common people.
Whoever desired it was consecrated
   and became a priest of the high places.
This was a sin on the part of the house of Jeroboam
   for which it was to be cut off and destroyed from the earth.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22

R. :

R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

We have sinned, we and our fathers;
   we have committed crimes; we have done wrong.
Our fathers in Egypt
   considered not your wonders.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They made a calf in Horeb
   and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
   for the image of a grass-eating bullock.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They forgot the God who had saved them,
   who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
   terrible things at the Red Sea.

R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Gospel Acclamation
Mt 4:4b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 8:1-10

They ate and were satisfied.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
   Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
   “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
   because they have been with me now for three days
   and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
   they will collapse on the way,
   and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
   to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
   and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
   and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
   and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.

He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
   and came to the region of Dalmanutha.”

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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