Readings for Wednesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a

The prayer of these two petitioners was heard in the gracious presence of Almighty God.

A reading from the Book of Tobit

Grief-stricken in spirit, I, Tobit, groaned and wept aloud.
Then with sobs I began to pray:

   “You are righteous, O Lord,
      and all your deeds are just;
   All your ways are mercy and truth;
      you are the judge of the world.
   And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me,
      and look with favor upon me.
   Punish me not for my sins,
      nor for my inadvertent offenses,
      nor for those of my ancestors.

   “We sinned against you,
      and disobeyed your commandments.
   So you handed us over to plundering, exile, and death,
      till you made us the talk and reproach of all the nations
      among whom you had dispersed us.

   “Yes, your judgments are many and true
      in dealing with me as my sins
      and those of my ancestors deserve.
   For we have not kept your commandments,
      nor have we trodden the paths of truth before you.

   “So now, deal with me as you please,
      and command my life breath to be taken from me,
      that I may go from the face of the earth into dust.
   It is better for me to die than to live,
      because I have heard insulting calumnies,
      and I am overwhelmed with grief.

   “Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish;
      let me go to the everlasting abode;
      Lord, refuse me not.
   For it is better for me to die
      than to endure so much misery in life,
      and to hear these insults!”

On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media,
   it so happened that Raguel’s daughter Sarah
   also had to listen to abuse,
   from one of her father’s maids.
For she had been married to seven husbands,
   but the wicked demon Asmodeus killed them off
   before they could have intercourse with her,
   as it is prescribed for wives.
So the maid said to her:
   “You are the one who strangles your husbands!
Look at you!
You have already been married seven times,
   but you have had no joy with any one of your husbands.
Why do you beat us? Is it on account of your seven husbands,
Because they are dead?
May we never see a son or daughter of yours!”

The girl was deeply saddened that day,
   and she went into an upper chamber of her house,
   where she planned to hang herself.

But she reconsidered, saying to herself:
   “No! People would level this insult against my father:
   ‘You had only one beloved daughter,
   but she hanged herself because of ill fortune!’
And thus would I cause my father in his old age
   to go down to the nether world laden with sorrow.
It is far better for me not to hang myself,
   but to beg the Lord to have me die,
   so that I need no longer live to hear such insults.”

At that time, then, she spread out her hands,
   and facing the window, poured out her prayer:

   “Blessed are you, O Lord, merciful God,
      and blessed is your holy and honorable name.
   Blessed are you in all your works for ever!”

At that very time,
   the prayer of these two suppliants
   was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God.
So Raphael was sent to heal them both:
   to remove the cataracts from Tobit’s eyes,
   so that he might again see God’s sunlight;
   and to marry Raguel’s daughter Sarah to Tobit’s son Tobiah,
   and then drive the wicked demon Asmodeus from her.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps25:2-3, 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9

R. :

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

In you I trust; let me not be put to shame,
   let not my enemies exult over me.
No one who waits for you shall be put to shame;
   those shall be put to shame who heedlessly break faith.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
   teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my savior.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
   and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
   because of your goodness, O LORD.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Good and upright is the LORD;
   thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
   he teaches the humble his way.

R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Year 2

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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