Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 3.4-13

King Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there;
for that was the great high place.
Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night;
and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Solomon said, “You have shown
to your servant David my father great loving kindness,
according to how he walked before you in truth,
and in righteousness and in uprightness of heart with you.
You have continued for him this great loving kindness,
for you have given him a son to sit on his throne,
as it is this day.

Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king
instead of David my father.
I am but a little child.
I do not know how to go out or come in.
Your servant is in the midst of
your people whom you have chosen, a great people,
that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give your servant therefore an understanding heart
to rule your people, that I may discern between good and evil;
for who is able to rule this great people of yours?”

The prayer pleased the Lord,
that Solomon had asked this thing.
God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing,
and have not asked for yourself long life,
nor riches for yourself, nor the life of your enemies,
but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice;
behold, I have done according to your word.

Lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart;
so that there has been no one like you before you,
nor after you shall any arise like you.
I have also given you that which you have not asked,
both riches and honor,
so that there shall not be any among the kings like you, all your days.

Responsorial – Psalm 119.9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Resp. 12b

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Do npt let me wander from your commands.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Blessed are you, O Lord.
Teach me your statutes.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

With my lips, I have declared
all the ordinances of your mouth.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

I have rejoiced in the way of your covenant,
as much as in all riches.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Gospel – Mark 6.30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus,
and they told him all things they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.”
For there were many coming and going,
and they had not leisure even to eat.
They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
The people saw them going, and many came to know it
and ran there on foot from all the cities.
And they arrived before them.
Jesus came out, saw a great multitude,
and had compassion on them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd,
and he began to teach them many things.

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