Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Isaiah 43.18-19, 21-22, 24b-25

Thus says the LORD:
“Remember not the former things,
and do not consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing.
It springs out now.
Do you not see it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.

I formed this people for myself,
that they might declare my praise.
Yet you have not called on me, Jacob;
you have been weary of me, Israel.

You have burdened me with your sins.
You have wearied me with your iniquities.
I, even I, am he
who blots out your transgressions
for my own sake;
and I will not remember your sins.

Responsorial – Psalm 41.2-3, 4-5, 13-14 Resp. 5b

R. Lord, heal me, for I have sinned against you.

Blessed is he who considers the poor.
The Lord will deliver him in the day of evil.
The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive.
He shall be blessed on the earth,
and he will not surrender him to the will of his enemies.

R. Lord, heal me, for I have sinned against you.

The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed,
and restore him from his bed of illness.
I said, “Lord, have mercy on me!
Heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

R. Lord, heal me, for I have sinned against you.

As for me, you uphold me in my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting! Amen. Amen.

R. Lord, heal me, for I have sinned against you.

Reading 2 – 2 Corinthians 1.18-22

Brothers and sisters:
As God is faithful,
our word toward you
is not “Yes and no.”

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ,
who was preached among you by us,
by me, Silvanus, and Timothy,
was not “Yes and no,”
but only “Yes” is in him.
For however many
are the promises of God,
their “Yes” is in him.
Therefore also through him
is the “Amen” to God,
for glory through us.

Now God who establishes
us with you in Christ,
and anointed us,
also sealed us,
and gave us the down payment
of the Spirit in our hearts.

Gospel – Mark 2.1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it was heard that he was in the house.
Immediately many were gathered together,
so that there was no more room,
not even around the door;
and he spoke the word to them.

And a paralyzed person came to him, carried by four people.
When they could not come near to him because of the crowd,
they removed the roof where he was.
When they had broken it up,
they let down the mat that the paralyzed one was lying on.
Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralyzed one,
“Child, your sins are forgiven you.”
But there were some of the scribes sitting there,
and reasoning in their hearts,
“Why does this man speak blasphemies like that?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit
that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them,
“Why do you think such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to tell the paralyzed one, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’
or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed, and walk?’
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”—
he said to the paralyzed one—
“I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.”
He arose, and immediately took up the mat,
and went out in front of them all;
so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying,
“We never saw anything like this!”

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