Readings

Readings

First Reading
2 Tim 2:8-15

The word of God is not chained. If we have died with Christ, we shall rise with him.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
   such is my gospel,  for which I am suffering,
   even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
   so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
   together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:

   If we have died with him
      we shall also live with him;
   if we persevere
      we shall also reign with him.
   But if we deny him
      he will deny us.
   If we are unfaithful
      he remains faithful,
      for he cannot deny himself.

Remind people of these things
   and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.
This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,
   a workman who causes no disgrace,
   imparting the word of truth without deviation.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14

R. :

R. (4) Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
   teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my savior.

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Good and upright is the LORD,
   thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
   he teaches the humble his way.

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
   toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
   and his covenant, for their instruction.

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.


Gospel Acclamation
See 2 Tim 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death,
and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mk 12:28-34

There is no commandment greater than these.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

One of the scribes, came to Jesus and asked him
   “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
   Hear, O Israel!
   The Lord our God is Lord alone!
   You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
   with all your soul, with all your mind,
   and with all your strength.

The second is this:
   You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
   He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
   with all your understanding,

   with all your strength,
   and to love your neighbor as yourself

   is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
   he said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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