Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 17.10-16

In those days, Elijah the prophet arose and went to Zarephath;
and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks:
and he called to her, and said, “Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
As she was going to get it, he called to her, and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

She said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have a thing baked,
but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jug.
Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die.”

Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid. Go and do as you have said;
but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it out to me,
and afterward make some for you and for your son.
For the Lord, the God of Israel says,
‘The jar of meal shall not empty, nor shall the jug of oil fail,
until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
She went and did as Elijah had said,
and she, and he, and her house, ate many days.
The jar of meal did not empty, nor did the jug of oil fail,
according to the Lord’s word, which he spoke through Elijah.

Responsorial – Psalm 146.7, 8-9, 9-10 Resp. 1b

R. Praise the Lord, O my soul! or R. Alleluia.

The God of Jacob is true forever.
He executes justice for the oppressed.
He gives food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.

R. Praise the Lord, O my soul! or R. Alleluia.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects immigrants.

R. Praise the Lord, O my soul! or R. Alleluia.

He upholds the fatherless and widow,
but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
The Lord will reign forever;
Your God, O Zion, for all generations. Alleluia.

R. Praise the Lord, O my soul! or R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 – Hebrews 9.24-28

Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made with hands, which are copies of the true one,
but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
Not that he would offer himself repeatedly,
as the high priest enters into the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own,
else he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world.
But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to take away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Inasmuch as it is appointed for humans to die once, and after this, there is judgment,
so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,
will appear a second time, without sin, for salvation to those who are eagerly awaiting him.

Gospel – Mark 12.38-44

Jesus, in his teaching, said, “Beware of the scribes,
who like to walk in long robes, and to get greetings in the marketplaces,
and the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts:
who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.
They will receive greater condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury, and saw how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many who were rich put in a lot.
A poor widow came, and she put in two pennies [lepta] which equal a dollar [kodrantes]
He called his disciples to himself, and said to them, “Amen I say to you,
this poor widow gave more than all those who are giving into the treasury,
for they all gave out of their abundance,
but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had, her whole living.”

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