Readings For 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

First Reading
Is 35:4-7a

The ears of those who are deaf will be cleared; and the tongue of those who are mute will sing.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
   Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
   he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
   he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
   the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
   then the tongue of the dumb will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
   and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
   and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

R. :

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
   secures justice for the oppressed,
   gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;
   the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
   the LORD protects strangers.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
   but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
   your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
Jas 2:1-5

Did not God choose the poor to be heirs of the Kingdom?

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
   as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
   comes into your assembly,
   and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
   and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
   and say, “Sit here, please,”
   while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or “Sit at my feet,”
   have you not made distinctions among yourselves
   and become judges with evil designs?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
   to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
   that he promised to those who love him?

Acclamation before the Gospel
Cf. Mt 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 7:31-37

He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
   and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
   into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
   and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
   and, spitting, touched his tongue;
   then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
   “Ephphatha!”—that is, “Be opened!”—
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
   his speech impediment was removed,
   and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
   the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
   “He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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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