Readings for Wednesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading
2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12

Stir into a flame the gift of God that you have through the laying on of my hands.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
   for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
   to Timothy, my dear child:
   grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
   and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to God,
   whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
   as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.
For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
   the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
   but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
   nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
   but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
   with the strength that comes from God.
He saved us and called us to a holy life,
   not according to our works
   but according to his own design
   and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
   but now made manifest
   through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
   who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
   to light through the Gospel,
   for which I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher.
On this account I am suffering these things;
   but I am not ashamed,
   for I know him in whom I have believed
   and am confident that he is able to guard
   what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 123:1b-2ab, 2cdef

R. :

R. (1) To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

To you I lift up my eyes
   who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
   are on the hands of their masters.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

As the eyes of a maid
   are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
   till he have pity on us.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 11:25a, 26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me will never die.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 12:18-27

He is not God of the dead but of the living.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,
   came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying,
   “Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
   If someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child,
   his brother must take the wife
   and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers.
The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants,
   and the third likewise.
And the seven left no descendants.
Last of all the woman also died.
At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled
   because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
When they rise from the dead,
   they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
   but they are like the angels in heaven.
As for the dead being raised,
   have you not read in the Book of Moses,
   in the passage about the bush, how God told him,
   I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
   and the God of Jacob?

He is not God of the dead but of the living.
You are greatly misled.””

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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