Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Hebrews 12.1-4

Brothers and sisters:
Being surrounded then by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us then lay aside every burden and sin which clings to us,
and let us run with perseverance in the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising its shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider he who has endured against himself such contradiction by sinners,
lest you grow weary, fainting in your souls.
You have not yet resisted to the point of blood in striving against sin.

Responsorial – Psalm 22.26b-27, 28+30, 31-32 Resp. 27b

R. They shall praise the Lord who seek after him.

I will pay my vows before those who fear the Lord.
The humble shall eat and be satisfied.
They shall praise the Lord who seek after him.
May your hearts live forever.

R. They shall praise the Lord who seek after him.

All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord.
All the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
Only to him shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth.
All those shall bow before him,
who go down to the dust.

R. They shall praise the Lord who seek after him.

To him my soul shall live.
Posterity shall serve him.
Future generations shall be told about the Lord.
They shall declare to a people yet to be born,
his righteousness that he has done.

R. They shall praise the Lord who seek after him.

Gospel – Mark 5.21-43

When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side,
a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea.
Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came.
Seeing him, he fell at his feet, and begged him much, saying,
“My little daughter is at the point of death.
Please come and lay your hands on her,
that she may be made healthy, and live.”
He went with him, and a great multitude followed him.

A certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years,
and had suffered many things by many physicians,
and had spent all that she had, and was no better,
but rather grew worse,
having heard the things concerning Jesus,
came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes.
For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up,
and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Immediately, Jesus, perceiving in himself
that the power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd, and asked,
“Who touched my clothes?”
His disciples said to him,
“You see the multitude pressing against you,
and you say, ‘Who touched me?’”
He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
But the woman, fearing and trembling,
knowing what had been done to her,
came and fell down before him,
and told him all the truth.
He said to her,
“Daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace, and be cured of your disease.”

While he was still speaking,
people came from the synagogue ruler’s house saying,
“Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”
But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken,
immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue,
“Do not be afraid, only believe.”
He allowed no one to follow him,
except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
He came to the synagogue ruler’s house,
and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.
When he had entered in, he said to them,
“Why do you make an uproar and weep?
The child is not dead, but is asleep.”
They ridiculed him.
But he, having put them all out,
took the father of the child,
her mother, and those who were with him,
and went in where the child was lying.
Taking the child by the hand, he said to her,
“Talitha koum!”
which translated means “Girl, I tell you, get up!”
Immediately the girl rose up and walked;
she was twelve years old.
They were amazed with great amazement.
He strictly ordered them that no one should know this,
and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.

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