Readings for Thursday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a

Call down your mercy on me and her and allow us to live together to a happy old age.

A reading from the Book of Tobit

When the angel Raphael and Tobiah had entered Media
   and were getting close to Ecbatana,
Raphael said to the boy,
   “Tobiah, my brother!”
He replied: “Here I am!”
He said: “Tonight we must stay with Raguel, who is a relative of yours.
He has a daughter named Sarah.”

So he brought him to the house of Raguel,
   whom they found seated by his courtyard gate.
They greeted him first.
He said to them, “Greetings to you too, brothers!
Good health to you, and welcome!”
And he brought them into his home.

Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock
   and gave them a cordial reception.
When they had bathed and reclined to eat, Tobiah said to Raphael,
   “Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to let me marry
   my kinswoman Sarah.”
Raguel overheard the words; so he said to the boy:
   “Eat and drink and be merry tonight,
   for no man is more entitled
   to marry my daughter Sarah than you, brother.
Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you,
   because you are my closest relative.
But I will explain the situation to you very frankly.
I have given her in marriage to seven men,
   all of whom were kinsmen of ours,
   and all died on the very night they approached her.
But now, son, eat and drink.
I am sure the Lord will look after you both.”
Tobiah answered,
   “I will eat or drink nothing until you set aside what belongs to me.”

Raguel said to him: “I will do it.
She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses.
Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!
Take your kinswoman;
   from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved.
She is yours today and ever after.
And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both.
May he grant you mercy and peace.”
Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him.
He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words:
   “Take her according to the law.
According to the decree written in the Book of Moses
   she is your wife.
Take her and bring her back safely to your father.
And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”
Raguel then called Sarah’s mother and told her to bring a scroll,
   so that he might draw up a marriage contract
   stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife
   according to the decree of the Mosaic law.
Her mother brought the scroll,
   and Raguel drew up the contract, to which they affixed their seals.

Afterward they began to eat and drink.
Later Raguel called his wife Edna and said,
   “My love, prepare the other bedroom and bring the girl there.”
She went and made the bed in the room, as she was told,
   and brought the girl there.
After she had cried over her, she wiped away the tears and said:
   “Be brave, my daughter.
May the Lord grant you joy in place of your grief.
Courage, my daughter.”
Then she left.

When the girl’s parents left the bedroom
   and closed the door behind them,
Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife,
   “My love, get up.
Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us
   and to grant us deliverance.”
She got up, and they started to pray
   and beg that deliverance might be theirs.
And they began to say:

   “Blessed are you, O God of our fathers,
      praised be your name forever and ever.
   Let the heavens and all your creation
      praise you forever.
   You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve
      to be his help and support;
      and from these two the human race descended.
   You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone;
      let us make him a partner like himself.’
   Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine
      not because of lust, but for a noble purpose.
   Call down your mercy on me and on her,
      and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

They said together, “Amen, amen,” and went to bed for the night.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. :

R. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
   who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
   Blessed shall you be, and favored.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
   in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
   around your table.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
   who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
   may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life.

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Year 2

First Reading
2 Tim 2:8-15

The word of God is not chained. If we have died with Christ, we shall rise with him.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
   such is my gospel,  for which I am suffering,
   even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
   so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
   together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:

   If we have died with him
      we shall also live with him;
   if we persevere
      we shall also reign with him.
   But if we deny him
      he will deny us.
   If we are unfaithful
      he remains faithful,
      for he cannot deny himself.

Remind people of these things
   and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.
This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,
   a workman who causes no disgrace,
   imparting the word of truth without deviation.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14

R. :

R. (4) Teach me your ways, O Lord.

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. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

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. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
   toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
   and his covenant, for their instruction.

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

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 12:28-34

There is no commandment greater than these.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

One of the scribes, came to Jesus and asked him
   “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
   Hear, O Israel!
   The Lord our God is Lord alone!
   You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
   with all your soul, with all your mind,
   and with all your strength.

The second is this:
   You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
   He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
   with all your understanding,

   with all your strength,
   and to love your neighbor as yourself

   is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
   he said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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 and Gospel Reflections


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