Readings for Monday 6th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 4:1-15, 25

Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The man had relations with his wife Eve,
   and she conceived and bore Cain, saying,
   “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD.”
Next she bore his brother Abel.
Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil.
In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD
   from the fruit of the soil,
   while Abel, for his part,
   brought one of the best firstlings of his flock.
The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
   but on Cain and his offering he did not.
Cain greatly resented this and was crestfallen.
So the LORD said to Cain:
   “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen.
If you do well, you can hold up your head;
   but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door:
   his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”
When they were in the field,
   Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the LORD asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
He answered, “I do not know.
Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The LORD then said: “What have you done!
Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil!
Therefore you shall be banned from the soil
   that opened its mouth to receive your
   brother’s blood from your hand.
If you till the soil, it shall no longer give you its produce.
You shall become a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Cain said to the LORD: “My punishment is too great to bear.
Since you have now banished me from the soil,
   and I must avoid your presence
   and become a restless wanderer on the earth,
   anyone may kill me at sight.”
“Not so!” the LORD said to him.
“If anyone kills Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold.”
So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight.

Adam again had relations with his wife,
   and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth.
“God has granted me more offspring in place of Abel,” she said,
   “because Cain slew him.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21

R. :

R. (14a) Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
   for your burnt offerings are before me always.”

R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
   and profess my covenant with your mouth
Though you hate discipline
   and cast my words behind you?”

R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

“You sit speaking against your brother;
   against your mother’s son you spread rumors.
When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
   Or do you think that I am like yourself?
   I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.”

R. Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

Year 2

First Reading
Jas 1:1-11

The testing of your faith produces perseverance so that you may be perfect and complete.

A reading from the beginning of the Letter of Saint James

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
   to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greetings.

Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters,
   when you encounter various trials,
   for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
And let perseverance be perfect,
   so that you may be perfect and complete,
   lacking in nothing.
But if any of you lacks wisdom,
   he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly,
   and he will be given it.
But he should ask in faith, not doubting,
   for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea
   that is driven and tossed about by the wind.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord,
   since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.

The brother in lowly circumstances
   should take pride in high standing,
   and the rich one in his lowliness,
   for he will pass away “like the flower of the field.”
For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass,
   its flower droops, and the beauty of its appearance vanishes.
So will the rich person fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76

R. :

R. (77a) Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,
   but now I hold to your promise.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

You are good and bountiful;
   teach me your statutes.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
   that I may learn your statutes.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

The law of your mouth is to me more precious
   than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

I know, O LORD, that your ordinances are just,
   and in your faithfulness you have afflicted me.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

Let your kindness comfort me
   according to your promise to your servants.

R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 8:11-13

Why does this generation seek a sign?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
   seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
   “Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
   and went off to the other shore.

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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