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Tomorrow’s Mass Readings

Readings at Mass - Wed 23 May

Liturgical Colour: Green.


First readingJames 4:13-17 ©
You cannot know what will happen tomorrow
Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: ‘Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.’
  You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most you should ever say is: ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or that.’ But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t do it commits a sin.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 48(49):2-3,6-11 ©
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Hear this, all you peoples,
  give heed, all who dwell in the world,
men both low and high,
  rich and poor alike!
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Why should I fear in evil days
  the malice of the foes who surround me,
men who trust in their wealth,
  and boast of the vastness of their riches?
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
For no man can buy his own ransom,
  or pay a price to God for his life.
The ransom of his soul is beyond him.
  He cannot buy life without end,
  nor avoid coming to the grave.
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
He knows that wise men and fools must both perish
  and leave their wealth to others.
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Gospel AcclamationJn14:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
No one can come to the Father except through me.
Alleluia!

GospelMark 9:38-40 ©
You must not stop anyone from working miracles in my name
John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.’

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