Wednesday 24 May 2017    (other days)
Our Lady, Help of Christians 

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: White.

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 4:12-21 ©
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.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 112(113):1-8 ©
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
  praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
  both now and for evermore!
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
  praised be the name of the Lord!
High above all nations is the Lord,
  above the heavens his glory.
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Who is like the Lord, our God,
  who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down,
  to look down upon heaven and earth?
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
  from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes,
  yes, with the princes of his people.
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Second reading
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 ©
The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy are you, O blessed Virgin Mary:
without dying, you won the martyr’s crown
beside the cross of the Lord.

GospelJohn 19:25-27 ©
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

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