Readings for Thursday Week 6 in Ordinary Time

First Reading
Jas 2:1-9

Did not God choose those who are poor in the world? You, however, dishonored the person who is poor.

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
  as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes in,
   and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
   and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
   and say, “Sit here, please,”
   while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or “Sit at my feet,”
   have you not made distinctions among yourselves
   and become judges with evil designs?*

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
   to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom
   that he promised to those who love him?
But you dishonored the poor person.
Are not the rich oppressing you? And do they themselves not haul you off to court?
Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you?
However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture,
  You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.
But if you show partiality, you commit sin,
   and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. :

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
   the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Glorify the LORD with me,
   let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
   and delivered me from all my fears.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
   and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.

R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Gospel Acclamation
See Jn 6:63c, 68c

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 8:27-33

You are the Christ. The Son of Man must suffer much.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples set out
   for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
   “Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
   “John the Baptist, others Elijah,
   still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
   “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
   “You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
   that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
   and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
   and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
  rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

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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