Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 10.1-10

When the queen of Sheba heard of
the fame of Solomon
she came to test him with hard questions.
She came to Jerusalem with a very great company,
with camels that bore spices,
and very much gold and precious stones;
and when she had come to Solomon,
she talked with him of all that was in her heart.
Solomon explained to her all her questions:
there was not anything hidden from the king
which he could not tell her.

When the queen of Sheba had seen
all the wisdom of Solomon,
and the house that he had built,
and the food of his table,
and the seating of his ministers,
and the attendance of his servants,
and their clothing, and his cup bearers,
and his burnt offerings which
went up in the Temple of the Lord;
she was breathless.

She said to the king,
“It was a true report that I heard
in my own land of your acts,
and of your wisdom,
but I did not believe the words,
until I came, and my eyes had seen it.
Behold, the half was not told me!
Your wisdom and prosperity exceed
the rumors which I heard.
Happy are your men,
happy are these your servants,
who stand continually before you,
who hear your wisdom.
Blessed is the Lord your God,
who delighted in you,
to set you on the throne of Israel.
Because the Lord loved Israel forever,
therefore made he you king,
to do justice and righteousness.”
She gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold,
and a lot of spices and precious stones.
Never again was there such an abundance of spices
as these which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

Responsorial – Psalm 37.5-6, 30-31, 39-40 Resp. 30a

R. The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.

Commit your way to the Lord.
Trust also in him, and he will do this:
he will make your righteousness come out as the light,
and your justice as the noon day sun.

R. The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.

The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.
His tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart.
None of his steps shall slip.

R. The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord.
He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them, and rescues them.
He rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
Because they have taken refuge in him.

R. The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.

Gospel – Mark 7.14-23

Jesus called all the crowds to himself,
and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
There is nothing from outside of the human,
that going into them can defile them;
but the things which proceed out of the human
are those that defile the human.
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

When he had entered into a house
away from the crowd,
his disciples asked him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are you thus without understanding also?
Do you not perceive that
whatever goes into the human
from outside cannot defile them,
because it does not go into their heart,
but into their stomach, then into the toilet"
(Thus all foods are clean)

He said, “That which comes out from the human,
that defiles the human.
For from within, out of the hearts of humans,
proceed evil thoughts, unchastity,
murders, adulteries, thefts,
greed, wickedness, deceit,
lustful desires, and envious eyes,
blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
All these evil things come from within,
and defile the human.”

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