Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Hebrews 6.10-20

Brothers and sisters:
For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name,
in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.
We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end,
that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself, saying,
“Surely I will bless you, and multiply you.”
Thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
For humans indeed swear by someone greater,
and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
In this way God,
being determined to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his purpose, intervened with an oath that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to take hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil,
where as a forerunner Jesus entered for us,
having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial – Psalm 111.1-2, 4-5, 9+10c Resp. 5

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant. or R. Alleluia!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
The Lord’s works are great,
pondered by all who delight in them.

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant. or R. Alleluia!

He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and merciful.
He has given food to those who fear him.
He always remembers his covenant.

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant. or R. Alleluia!

He has sent redemption to his people.
He has ordained his covenant forever.
His name is holy and awesome!
His praise endures forever!

R. The Lord always remembers his covenant. or R. Alleluia!

Gospel – Mark 2.23-28

As Jesus was going on the Sabbath through the grain fields,
his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.
The Pharisees said to him,
“Behold, why do they do that
which is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Did you never read what David did,
when he was in need and hungry,
he, and those who were with him?
How he entered into God’s house
when Abiathar was high priest,
and ate the show bread,
which it is not lawful to eat, except for the priests,
and also gave some to those who were with him?”
He said to them,
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

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