A reading from the letter of St James 5:9-12
The Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.
o not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord; I remember it is those who had endurance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the patience of Job, and understood the Lord's purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate.
Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth, or use any oaths at all. If you mean 'yes', you must say 'yes'; if you mean 'no', say 'no'. Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement.
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord is compassion and love.
1. My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
And never forget all his blessings. Response
2. It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion. Response
3. The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever. Response
4. For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins. Response
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure;
they stand firm for ever and ever.
Jn 17: 17
Your word is truth, O Lord
consecrate us in the truth.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 10:1-12
What God has united, man must not divide.
esus came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was. Some Pharisees approached him and asked, 'Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?' They were testing him. He answered them, 'What did Moses command you?' 'Moses allowed us' they said 'to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.' Then Jesus said to them, 'It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.' Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, 'The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Friday, Seventh week in Ordinary Time
oday’s first reading from the book of Sirach has some lovely things to say about true friendship, ‘a faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure. A faithful friend is something beyond price… a faithful friend is the elixir of life’. The author also says in that reading that those who fear the Lord will find a faithful friend. In other words, when we relate well to the Lord we will find faithful friends. When our relationship with the Lord is right it helps us to find and to form good human relationships that are marked by faithfulness and self-giving. In the gospel reading Jesus speaks of a special kind of friendship, the relationship between a husband and wife in marriage. His vision of marriage has something in common with the vision of friendship in the first reading. Jesus presents the ideal of two people, man and woman, remaining faithful to each other for life to the point where they become no longer two but one. Whether we are married or single, we can all taste the joy of a faithful friendship, through which we come to experience the Lord’s faithful love in others and reveal that faithful love of the Lord to others. ________________________________
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 comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU'
by Martin Hogan,
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.