ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 27:1-2
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shell I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread? When those who do evil draw near, they stumble and fall.
O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it.
Through our Lord…
A reading from the Book of Genesis 3:9-1
“I will put enmity between your seed and her seed.”
[After Adam had eaten of the tree,] the Lord God called to him, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you hay done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps l30:1-2.3-4.5-7a.7b-8 ®. 7bc)
R. With the Lord there is mercy, in him is plentiful redemption.
1. Out of the depths I cry to you, 0 Lord; Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the sound of my pleading. R.
2. If you, 0 Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, that you may be revered. R.
I3. long for you, 0 Lord, my soul longs for his word. My soul hopes in the Lord more than watchmen for daybreak. More than watchmen for daybreak let Israel hope for the Lord. R.
4. For with the Lord there is mercy, in him is plentiful redemption. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. R.
A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 4:13-5:1
“We believe, and so we speak.
Brethren: Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he’ who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer man is wasting away, our inner man is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA John 12:31-32
Alleluia. R. Alleluia. Now shall the ruler of this world be cast out, says the Lord; and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 3:20-35
“Satan is coming to an end.”
At that time: Jesus went home with his disciples; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. And when his friends heard it, they went out to seize him, for they said, “He is beside himself.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed I may plunder his house.
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” – for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
And his mother and his brethren came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brethren are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brethren?” And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brethren! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Look kindly upon our service, O Lord, we pray, that what we offer may be an acceptable oblation to you and lead us to grow in charity.
Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 18:3
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my saving strength.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May your healing work, O Lord, free us, we pray, from doing evil and lead us to what is right. Through Christ our Lord.