Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 30th May, 2023
Next Sunday's Readings
A reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus 35:1-12
A man offers communion sacrifices by following the commandments.
A man multiplies offerings by keeping the Law; he offers communion sacrifices by following the commandments.
By showing gratitude he makes an offering of fine flour, by giving alms he offers a sacrifice of praise.
Withdraw from wickedness and the Lord will be pleased, withdraw from injustice and you make atonement.
Do not appear empty-handed in the Lord’s presence; for all these things are due under the commandment.
A virtuous man’s offering graces the altar, and its savour rises before the Most High.
A virtuous man’s sacrifice is acceptable, its memorial will not be forgotten.
Honour the Lord with generosity, do not stint the first-fruits you bring.
Add a smiling face to all your gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously as your means can afford;
for the Lord is a good rewarder, he will reward you seven times over.
Offer him no bribe, he will not accept it, do not put your faith in an unvirtuous sacrifice; since the Lord is a judge who is no respecter of personages.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm Ps 49
Response I will show God’s salvation to the upright.
1. ‘Summon before me my people who made covenant with me by sacrifice.’
The heavens proclaim his justice, for he, God, is the judge. Response
2. ‘Listen, my people, I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you, for I am God your God.
I find no fault with your sacrifices, your offerings are always before me. Response
3. ‘Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God and render him your votive offerings.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.’Response
Gospel Acclamation Phil 2: 15-16
You will shine in the world like bright stars because you are offering it the word of life.
Or 2 Cor 8: 9
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.
The Lord be with you And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 10:28-31 Glory to you, O Lord
Glory to you, O Lord
You will be repaid a hundred times over in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.
‘What about us?‘ Peter asked Jesus. ‘We have left everything and followed you.’
‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.
‘Many who are first will be last, and the last first.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Tuesday, Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Mark 10:28–31
There is a lot of wisdom in the Jewish Scriptures. We are reading these days from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, which is one of the Wisdom books of the Bible. In today’s first reading, the author calls on people to honour God not just by offering sacrifices in the Temple but by the way that they live, ‘a virtuous person’s offering graces the altar’. The author goes on to say that serving the Lord by both our worship and our way of life is to be done cheerfully, ‘add a smiling face to all your gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes’. I am reminded of a verse from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, ‘Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’.
Sometimes our giving to the Lord and to others can be reluctant and a little begrudging, as if we were putting everyone under a complement to us. To give joyfully is a sign, a fruit, of the Spirit in our lives. Peter’s question to Jesus in today’s gospel reading, reveals something of that attitude of reluctant giving, ‘What about us? We have left everything and followed you’. It is as if he was saying, ‘We have given a lot. Now what’s in it for us?’ Jesus takes his question seriously, however, and promises Peter that having given up everything to become a disciple, he will experience a rich reward in the form of a new family, a family of faith, brothers and sisters in the Lord, and Jesus adds, ‘not without persecutions’. For all its blessings, the path of discipleship won’t always be easy. Even when it is not easy, our following of the Lord is to be cheerful. It is always a joyful response to God’s prior goodness to us.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life: by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/