Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Peter 1.18-25

Know that you were redeemed,
not with corruptible things,
such as silver or gold,
from the useless way of life
handed down from your fathers,
but with precious Blood of Christ,
as of a faultless and pure lamb,
who was foreknown indeed
before the foundation of the world,
but was revealed at the end of times
for your sake,
you who through him are believers in God,
who raised him from the dead,
and gave him glory;
so that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing you have purified your souls
in your obedience to the truth
through the Spirit
in sincere brotherly affection,
love one another from the heart fervently:
having been born anew,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible,
through the word of God,
which lives and remains forever.

For, “All flesh is like grass,
and all glory like the flower in the grass.
The grass withers, and its flower wilts;
but the Lord’s word endures forever.”

This is the word of the Gospel for you.

Responsorial – Psalm 147.12-13, 14-15, 19-20 Resp. 12a

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.
He has blessed your children within you.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

He makes peace in your borders.
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out his commandment to the earth.
His word runs very swiftly.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

He shows his word to Jacob;
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done this for any other nation.
They do not know his ordinances. Alleluia!

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

Gospel – Mark 10.32-45

They were on the way,
going up to Jerusalem;
and Jesus was going in front of them,
and they were amazed;
and those who followed were afraid.

He again took the Twelve,
and began to tell them the things
that were going to happen to him.
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem.
The Son of Man will be delivered
to the chief priests and the scribes.
They will condemn him to death,
and will deliver him to the Gentiles.
They will mock him, spit on him,
scourge him, and kill him.
On the third day he will rise again.”

James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
came near to him, saying,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us
whatever we will ask.”
He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
They said to him,
“Grant to us that we may sit,
one at your right hand, and one at your left hand,
in your glory.”

But Jesus said to them,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Are you able to drink the chalice that I drink,
and to be baptized with the baptism
that I am baptized with?”
They said to him, “We are able.”
Jesus said to them,
“You shall indeed drink the chalice that I drink,
and you shall be baptized with the baptism
that I am baptized with;
but to sit at my right hand and at my left hand
is not mine to give,
but for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard it,
they began to be indignant towards James and John.
Jesus summoned them, and said to them,
“You know that they who are recognized as
rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them
and their great ones exercise authority over them.
But it shall not be so among you,
but whoever wants to become great among you
shall be your servant.
Whoever of you wants to become first among you,
shall be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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