Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Deuteronomy 6.2-6

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
“Fear the Lord your God,
to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you,
you, and your son, and your son's son,
all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Hear therefore, Israel, and carefully do it,
that it may go well with you, and that you may increase mightily,
as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised to you,
in a land flowing with milk and honey.

Hear, Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one,
and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your might.
These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart.”

Responsorial – Psalm 18.2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 Resp. 2

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
and I am saved from my enemies.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock!
Exalted be the God of my salvation,
He gives great deliverance to his king,
and shows loving kindness to his anointed.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

Reading 2 – Hebrews 7.23-28

Brothers and sisters:
Many, indeed, have been made Levitical priests,
because they are prevented from continuing on by death.
But Jesus, because he lives forever, has his priesthood that does not pass away.
Therefore he is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

For such a high priest was fitting for us:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.
He does not need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices daily,
first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.
He did this once for all, when he offered up himself.
For the law appoints humans as high priests who have weakness,
but the word of the oath which came after the law
appoints a Son, perfected forever.

Gospel – Mark 12.28b-34

One of the scribes came and asked Jesus,
“Which commandment is the first of all?”
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, is Lord alone:
you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
This is the first commandment.
The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe said to him,
“Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he,
and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding,
with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love their neighbor as themself,
is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him,
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to question him anymore.

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