O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neigbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord
A reading from the Book of Wisdom 2:12.17-20
Theme: “Let us condemn him to a shameful death”
“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. “Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected”.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 54:3-4.5.6 & 8 (R. cf. 6b)
R. Behold, the Lord is the upholder of my life.
- O God, save me by your name; by your power, defend my cause. O God hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. R
- For the proud have risen against me, and the ruthless seek my life. They have no regard for God. R
- See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, for it is good. R
A reading from the Letter of Saint James 3:16-4:3
Theme: ”The harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace
Beloved: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. What causes wars, and what causes fighting’s among you? Is it not your passion that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
The word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION 2 Thessalonians 2:14
God has called us through the Gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 9:30-37
Theme: “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of man. If anyone would be first, he must be the servant of all”.
At that time: Jesus and his disciples went on from the mountain and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the sayings and they were afraid to ask him. And they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the Twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”. And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me”.
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Receive with favour, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your people, that what they profess with devotion and faith may be theirs through these heavenly mysteries Through Christ our Lord
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Graciously raise up, O Lord, those you renew with this Sacrament, that we may come to possess your redemption both in mystery and in the manner of our life. Through Christ our Lord