Readings for Monday 7th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Sir 1:1-10

Before all things else wisdom was created.

A reading from the beginning of the Book of Sirach

All wisdom comes from the LORD
   and with him it remains forever, and is before all time
The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,
   the days of eternity: who can number these?
Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth,
   the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?
Before all things else wisdom was created;
   and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
   and her ways are everlasting.
To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?
   Who knows her subtleties?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
   And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways ?
There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring,
   seated upon his throne:
There is but one, Most High
   all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
   seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
It is the LORD; he created her through the Holy Spirit,
   has seen her and taken note of her.
He has poured her forth upon all his works,
   upon every living thing according to his bounty;
   he has lavished her upon his friends.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

R. :

R. (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
   robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.

R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

And he has made the world firm,
   not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
   from everlasting you are, O LORD.

R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
   holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.

R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

Year 2

First Reading
Jas 3:13-18

If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast.

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

Who among you is wise and understanding?
Let him show his works by a good life
   in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
   do not boast and be false to the truth.
Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above
   but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
   there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
   then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
   full of mercy and good fruits,
   without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
   for those who cultivate peace.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:9, 9, 10, 15

R. :

R. (9a) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
   refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
   giving wisdom to the simple.

R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
   enlightening the eye.

R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
   enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
   all of them just.

R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
   find favor before you,
   O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Gospel Acclamation
See 2 Tim 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 9:14-29

I do believe, help my unbelief!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

As Jesus was coming down from the mountain with Peter James and John
   and approached the other disciples,
   they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.
Immediately on seeing him,
   the whole crowd was utterly amazed.
They ran up to him and greeted him.
He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
Someone from the crowd answered him,
   “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.
Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down;
   he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.
I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”
He said to them in reply,
   “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”
They brought the boy to him.
And when he saw him,
   the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions.
As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around
   and foam at the mouth.
Then he questioned his father,
   “How long has this been happening to him?”
He replied, “Since childhood.
It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him.
But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus said to him,
   “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering,
   rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it,
   “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you:
   come out of him and never enter him again!”
Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out.
He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!”
But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private,
   “Why could we not drive the spirit out?”
He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

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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