Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 22nd May, 2013
St Rita of Cascia, religious, optional memorial
FIRST READING: Ecclesiasticus 4:11-19
Wisdom brings up her own sons,
and cares for those who seek her.
Whoever loves her loves life,
those who wait on her early will be filled with happiness.
Whoever holds her close will inherit honour,
and wherever he walks the Lord will bless him.
Those who serve her minister to the Holy One,
and the Lord loves those who love her.
Whoever obeys her judges aright,
and whoever pays attention to her dwells secure.
If he trusts himself to her he will inherit her,
and his descendants will remain in possession of her;
for though she takes him at first through winding ways,
bringing fear and faintness on him,
plaguing him with her discipline until she can trust him,
and testing him with her ordeals,
in the end she will lead him back to the straight road,
and reveal her secrets to him.
If he wanders away she will abandon him,
and hand him over to his fate.
Responsorial Psalm : Ps 118
Response : The lovers of your law
have great peace, 0 Lord.
1. The lovers of your law have great peace;
they never stumble.
I obey your precepts and your will;
all that I do is before you. Response
2. Let my lips proclaim your praise
because you teach me your statutes.
Let my tongue sing your promise
for your commands are just. Response
3. Give life to my soul that I may praise you.
Let your decrees give me help.
Lord, I long for your saving help
and your law is my delight. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jn 14: 16
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.
GOSPEL: Mark 9:38-40
John said to Jesus, 'Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him'. But Jesus said, 'You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.
Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.