Readings for Saturday Week 5 in Ordinary Time

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.

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