Readings for Saturday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading
2 Tm 4:1-8

I am already being poured out and the crown of righteousness awaits me which the Lord will award to me.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
   who will judge the living and the dead,
   and by his appearing and his kingly power:
   proclaim the word;
   be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
   convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
   but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
   will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
   and will be diverted to myths.
But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
   put up with hardship;
   perform the work of an evangelist;
   fulfill your ministry.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22

R. :

R. (See 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.

My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
   with your glory day by day.
Cast me not off in my old age;
   as my strength fails, forsake me not.

R. I will sing of your salvation.

But I will always hope
   and praise you ever more and more.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
   day by day your salvation.

R. I will sing of your salvation.

I will treat of the mighty works of the Lord;
  O GOD, I will tell of your singular justice.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
   and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.

R. I will sing of your salvation.

So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre,
   for your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing your praises with the harp,
   O Holy One of Israel!

R. I will sing of your salvation.

Gospel Acclamation
Matthew 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 12: 38-44

This poor widow has given more than all the others.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

In the course of his teaching Jesus said,
   “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
   and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
   seats of honor in synagogues,
   and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext,
   recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury
   and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
   “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
   than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
   but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
   her whole livelihood.”
Early in the morning, as they were walking along,
   they saw the fig tree withered to its roots.
Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look!
The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God.
Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,
   ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’
   and does not doubt in his heart
   but believes that what he says will happen,
   it shall be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer,
   believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.
When you stand to pray,
   forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance,
   so that your heavenly Father may in turn
   forgive you your transgressions.”

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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