Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Hebrews 4.12-16

The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
There is no creature that is hidden from his sight,
but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him
to whom we must give an account.

Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold tightly to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our infirmities,
but one who has been in all ways tempted like we are, though without sin.
Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy, and find grace for help in time of need.

Responsorial – Psalm 19.8, 9, 10, 15 Resp. John 6:63b

R. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
restoring the soul.
The covenant of the Lord is sure,
making the simple wise.

R. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.

R. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.

R. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.

R. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel – Mark 2.13-17

Jesus went out again by the seaside.
All the multitude came to him,
and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw
Levi, the son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the tax office, and he said to him,
“Follow me”, and he arose and followed him.

As he was reclining at the table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners
sat down with Jesus and his disciples,
for there were many and they followed him.
The scribes and the Pharisees,
when they saw that he was eating with
the sinners and tax collectors,
said to his disciples, “Why is it that
he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, he said to them,
“Those who are healthy have no need for a doctor,
but those who are sick do.
I came not to call the righteous but sinners.”

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