ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 48:10-11
Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice.
O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through our Lord..
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 2:2-5
“They are a rebellious house; they will know that there has been a prophet among them.”
In those days: The Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the sons of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’
And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 123:1-2a.2bc.3-4 (R. 2ef)
R. Our eyes look to the Lord, till he have mercy upon us
1. To you have I lifted up my eyes, you who dwell in the heavens. Behold, like the eyes of slaves on the hand of their lords. R.
2. Like the eyes of a servant on the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are on the Lord our God, till he show us his mercy. R.
3. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. We are filled with contempt. Indeed, all too full is our soul with the scorn of the arrogant, the disdain of the proud. R.
A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 12:7-10
“I will boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Brethren: To keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it should leave; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA Cf. Luke 4:18
V. Alleluia. R. Alleluia.
V. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has sent me to preach good news to the poor.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 6:1-6
“A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country.”
Jesus came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who beard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offence at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
May this oblation, dedicated to your name purify us, O Lord, and day by day bring our conduct closer to the life of heaven. Through Christ our Lord
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 33:9
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed the man who seeks refuge in him
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, having been replenished by such great gifts, we may gain the prize of salvation and never cease to praise you.
Through Christ our Lord.