BETWEEN 9 OCTOBER AND 15 OCTOBER
in our baptism you adopted us for your own.
Quicken, we pray, your Spirit within us,
that we, being renewed both in body and mind,
may worship you in sincerity and truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOB
Then Job answered:
"Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite
my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might
come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and
fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer
me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with
me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to
me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be
acquitted forever by my judge. If I go forward, he is not there;
or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I
cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. God
has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; If only I
could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my
JOB 23:1-9, 16-17
REFRAIN You were my God
from my mother's womb.
God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry
and from the words of my distress?
my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as
well, but I find no rest.
you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel. R
forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you
delivered them. They cried out to you and were delivered; they
trusted in you and were not put to shame.
as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by
the people. R
who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their
trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if
he delights in him." R
you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my
have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God
when I was still in my mother's womb. R
not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion.
am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart
within my breast is melting wax. R
mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; and you have laid me in the
dust of the grave. R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Indeed, the word of God is
living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able
to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him
no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes
of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have
a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the
Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have
a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but
we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with
boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
As Jesus was setting out on
a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him,
"Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good
but God alone. You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder;
You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not
bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and
mother.'" He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all
these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and
said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give
the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then
come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went
away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked
around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for
those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" And the
disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them
again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than
for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." They
were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can
be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals
it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are
possible." Peter began to say to him, "Look, we have
left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly I
tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or
sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and
for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold
now in this age - houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and
children, and fields with persecutions - and in the age to come
eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last
will be first."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of constant love,
in this eucharist you renew the covenant
made once with us in baptism.
As you are faithful in all things
may we, in our offering,
be faithful to our calling.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
in baptism and eucharist we are made one with you.
May we who have shared in holy things
always bear witness to your covenant,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.