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Readings of the Day: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, 19 September 2021

Reading for the Day
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

  • 12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training.
  • 17 Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
  • 18 for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
  • 19 Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance.
  • 20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 54:3-8

Response: The Lord upholds my life

  • 1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and vindicate me by thy might.
  • 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. R
  • 3 For insolent men have risen against me, ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before them. [Selah]
  • 4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. R
  • 5 He will requite my enemies with evil; in thy faithfulness put an end to them.
  • 6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to thee; I will give thanks to thy name, O LORD, for it is good. R


Second Reading for the Day
James 3:16--4:3

  • 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
  • 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.
  • 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  • 1 What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members?
  • 2 You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask.
  • 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Gospel for the Day
Mark 9:30-37

  • 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it;
  • 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
  • 32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.
  • 33 And they came to Caper'na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
  • 34 But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest.
  • 35 And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
  • 36 And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
  • 37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."
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