Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – James 5.13-20

Is any among you suffering? Let them pray.
Is any cheerful? Let them sing praises.
Is any among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the assembly,
and let them pray over them,
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord,
and the prayer of faith will heal the one who is sick,
and the Lord will raise them up.
If they have committed sins, they will be forgiven.

Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another,
that you may be healed.
The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
Elijah was a human with a nature like ours,
and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain,
and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
He prayed again, and the sky gave rain,
and the earth brought forth its fruit.

Brothers, if any among you wanders from the truth,
and someone turns them back,
let them know that they who turn a sinner from the error of their way
will save a soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.

Responsorial – Psalm 141.1-2, 3+8 Resp. 2a

R. Let my prayer rise as incense in your sight.

I have cried to you O Lord, hear me,
hearken to my voice, when I cry to you.
Let my prayer rise as incense in your sight;
the lifting up of my hands, as the evening sacrifice.

R. Let my prayer rise as incense in your sight.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth:
and a door round about my lips.
For turned toward you, O Lord, are my eyes,
in you have I put my trust, take not my soul away.

R. Let my prayer rise as incense in your sight.

Gospel – Mark 10.13-16

They were bringing little children to him, that he should touch them,
but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them,
“Allow the little children to come to me! Do not forbid them!
For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen I say to you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child,
will in no way enter into it.”
He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

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