Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Wisdom 2.12, 17-20

For the wicked said:

Let us lie in wait for the just man,
because he is not like us, and he is contrary to our actions,
and upbraids us for transgressions of the law,
and accuses us of the sins of our way of life.

Let us see then if his words be true,
and let us test what shall happen to him,
and we shall know what his end shall be.
For if he be the true son of God, he will defend him
and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies.
Let us examine him by outrages and tortures,
that we may know his meekness and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a most shameful death:
For by his own words, there will be a regard for him.

Responsorial – Psalm 54.3-4, 5, 6+8 Resp. 6b

R. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

Save me, God, by your name.
Vindicate me in your might.
Hear my prayer, O God.
Listen to the words of my mouth.

R. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

For strangers have risen up against me.
Violent men have sought after my soul.
They have not set God before them.

R. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

Behold, God is my helper.
The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you.
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.

R. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

Reading 2 – James 3.16-4.3

Where jealousy and selfish ambition are,
there is confusion and every evil deed.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, listening,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
The fruit of righteousness is planted in peace, for those who make peace.

Where do the wars and battles among you come from?
Do they not come from your desires that make war among your own body parts?
You want and do not have.
You kill and envy but cannot obtain.
You fight and wage war.

You do not have, because you do not ask.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask incorrectly, to spend it for your desires.

Gospel – Mark 9.30-37

Jesus and his disciples went away from there and passed through Galilee.
He did not want anyone to know it.
For he was teaching his disciples and said to them,
“The Son of Human is being handed over into the hands of humans,
and they will kill him,
and when he is killed, on the third day he will rise again.”

They did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
He came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them,
“What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?”
But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way
about who was the greatest.
He sat down, and called the Twelve; and he said to them,
“If anyone wants to be first, they shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
He took an infant and stood him in their midst.
Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one such infant in my name,
receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

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