Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 – Sirach 1.1-10

All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with him forever, and is before all time.
The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity—who can count them?
The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the depths of the abyss—who can search them out?
Wisdom was created before all things, and prudent understanding from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
and her ways are everlasting.
The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
Her clever devices—who knows them?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways?
There is One who is wise, greatly to be feared, sitting upon his throne.
There is but one, Most High
all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
The Lord himself created wisdom; he saw her and apportioned her,
he poured her out upon all his works.
She dwells with all flesh according to his gift,
and he supplied her to those who love him.

Responsorial – Psalm 93.1ab, 1cd-2, 5 Resp. 1a

R. The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!

The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!
The Lord is robed and armed with strength.

R. The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!

The world he has established.
It cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from long ago.
You are from everlasting, O Lord.

R. The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!

Your statutes are very trustworthy.
Holiness adorns your house,
O Lord, forever more.

R. The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!

Gospel – Mark 9.14-29

As Jesus came down the mountain
with Peter, James, and John,
coming to the other disciples,
he saw a great crowd around them,
and scribes questioning them.
Immediately all the crowd,
when they saw him, were greatly amazed,
and running to him greeted him.

He asked the scribes, “What are you asking them?”
One of the crowd answered,
“Teacher, I brought to you my son,
who has a mute spirit;
and wherever it seizes him,
it throws him down,
and he foams at the mouth,
and grinds his teeth, and wastes away.
I asked your disciples to cast it out,
but they were not able.”

He answered him,
“Unbelieving kind,
how long shall I be with you?
How long shall I bear with you?
Bring him to me.”
They brought him to him,
and when he saw him,
immediately the spirit convulsed him,
and he fell on the ground,
wallowing and foaming at the mouth.
He asked his father,
“How long has it been since this has come to him?”
He said, “From childhood.
Often it has cast him both
into the fire and into the water,
to destroy him.
But if you are able to do anything,
have compassion on us, and help us.”

Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?!’Everything is possible by faith.”
Immediately the father of the child, crying, said,
“I do believe. Help my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw
that a crowd was gathering,
he rebuked the unclean spirit,
saying to him,
“You mute and deaf spirit,
I command you, come out of him,
and never enter him again!”
Crying, and heaving greatly,
it came out.
The boy became like one dead;
so much that most of them said
that he had died.
But Jesus took his hand
and raised him up, and he got up.
When he had come into the house,
his disciples asked him by himself,
“Why were we not able to cast it out?”
He said to them,
“That kind cannot come out at all
except by prayer and fasting.”

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