Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 – James 5.9-12

Do not grumble, brothers, against one another,
so that you will not be judged.
Behold, the judge stands at the door.
Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of patience,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Behold, we call them blessed who endured.
You have heard of the patience of Job,
and have seen the Lord in the outcome,
and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

But above all things, my brothers, do not swear,
not by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath,
but let your "yes" be "yes," and your "no," "no;"
lest you fall into hypocrisy.

Responsorial – Psalm 103.1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12 Resp. 8a

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

Praise The Lord, my soul!
All that is within me, praise his holy name!
Praise The Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

He forgives all your sins;
he heals all your diseases;
he redeems your life from destruction;
he crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
He will not always accuse;
nor will he stay angry forever.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

Gospel – Mark 10.1-12

Jesus came into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan.
Crowds came together to him again.
As he usually did, he was again teaching them.

Pharisees came to him and asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his woman?”
He answered, “What did Moses command you?”
They said, “Moses allowed a certificate of divorce to be written, and to divorce her.”
But Jesus said to them,
“For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a human will leave his father and mother, and will join to his woman,
and the two will become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
What therefore God has joined together, no human may separate.”

In the house, his disciples asked him again about the same matter.
He said to them, “Whoever divorces his woman, and marries another,
commits adultery against her.
If a woman divorces her man, and marries another, she commits adultery.”

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