Thursday 1 June 2023    (other days)
Saint Justin, Martyr 
 on Thursday of week 8 in Ordinary Time

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Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: Red. Year: A(I).

Readings for the feria

Readings for the memorial

These are the readings for the feria

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 42:15-26 ©

The work of the Lord is full of his glory

I will remind you of the works of the Lord,
  and tell of what I have seen.
By the words of the Lord his works come into being
  and all creation obeys his will.
As the sun in shining looks on all things,
  so the work of the Lord is full of his glory.
The Lord has not granted to the holy ones
  to tell of all his marvels
which the Almighty Lord has solidly constructed
  for the universe to stand firm in his glory.
He has fathomed the deep and the heart,
  and seen into their devious ways;
for the Most High knows all the knowledge there is,
  and has observed the signs of the times.
He declares what is past and what will be,
  and uncovers the traces of hidden things.
Not a thought escapes him,
  not a single word is hidden from him.
He has imposed an order on the magnificent works of his wisdom,
  he is from everlasting to everlasting,
nothing can be added to him, nothing taken away,
  he needs no one’s advice.
How desirable are all his works,
  how dazzling to the eye!
They all live and last for ever,
  whatever the circumstances all obey him.
All things go in pairs, by opposites,
  and he has made nothing defective;
the one consolidates the excellence of the other,
  who could ever be sated with gazing at his glory?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 32(33):2-9 ©
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
  with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
  play loudly, with all your skill.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
For the word of the Lord is faithful
  and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
  and fills the earth with his love.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
By his word the heavens were made,
  by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He collects the waves of the ocean;
  he stores up the depths of the sea.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Let all the earth fear the Lord
  all who live in the world revere him.
He spoke; and it came to be.
  He commanded; it sprang into being.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

Gospel AcclamationJn8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

GospelMark 10:46-52 ©

Go; your faith has saved you

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.


These are the readings for the memorial

First reading
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 ©

We preach a crucified Christ, the power and wisdom of God

The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33(34):2-9 ©
The Lord set me free from all my fears.
I will bless the Lord at all times,
  his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
  The humble shall hear and be glad.
The Lord set me free from all my fears.
Glorify the Lord with me.
  Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
  from all my terrors he set me free.
The Lord set me free from all my fears.
Look towards him and be radiant;
  let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called, the Lord heard him
  and rescued him from all his distress.
The Lord set me free from all my fears.
The angel of the Lord is encamped
  around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
  He is happy who seeks refuge in him.
The Lord set me free from all my fears.

Gospel AcclamationMt5:16
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let your light shine before all,
that they may see your good works and glorify your Father.

GospelMatthew 5:13-19 ©

Your light must shine in the sight of men

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.
  ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.
  ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’



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