Saturday 30 May 2015    (other days)
Saturday of week 8 in Ordinary Time

Readings at Mass

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 51:17-27 ©
I will thank you and praise you,
  and bless the name of the Lord.
When I was still a youth, before I went travelling,
  in my prayers I asked outright for wisdom.
Outside the sanctuary I would pray for her,
  and to the last I will continue to seek her.
From her blossoming to the ripening of her grape
  my heart has taken its delight in her.
My foot has pursued a straight path,
  I have been following her steps ever since my youth.
By bowing my ear a little I have received her,
  and have found much instruction.
Thanks to her I have advanced;
  the glory be to him who has given me wisdom!
For I am determined to put her into practice,
  I have earnestly pursued what is good, I will not be put to shame.
My soul has fought to possess her,
  I have been scrupulous in keeping the Law;
I have stretched out my hands to heaven
  and bewailed my ignorance of her;
I have directed my soul towards her,
  and in purity have found her.

PsalmPsalm 18:8-11 ©
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
  it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
  it gives wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
  they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
  it gives light to the eyes.
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
The fear of the Lord is holy,
  abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
  and all of them just.
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
They are more to be desired than gold,
  than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
  than honey from the comb.
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.

Gospel Acclamation1P1:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of the Lord remains for ever:
What is this word?
It is the Good News that has been brought to you.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness,
find a home with you;
through him give thanks to God the Father.

GospelMark 11:27-33 ©
Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem, and as Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, ‘What authority have you for acting like this? Or who gave you authority to do these things?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you a question, only one; answer me and I will tell you my authority for acting like this. John’s baptism: did it come from heaven, or from man? Answer me that.’ And they argued it out this way among themselves: ‘If we say from heaven, he will say, “Then why did you refuse to believe him?” But dare we say from man?’ – they had the people to fear, for everyone held that John was a real prophet. So their reply to Jesus was, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’

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