FIRST READING: Isaiah 35: 4 - 7
4 Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God
will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save
5 Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall
6 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall
be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the
7 And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land
springs of water. In the dens where dragons dwell before, shall rise up the
verdure of the reed and the bulrush.
PSALM: Psalms 146: 7 - 10
7 Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that suffer
wrong: who giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth them that are
8 The Lord enlighteneth the blind. The Lord lifteth up them that are cast
down: the Lord loveth the just.
9 The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the
widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation and
SECOND READING: James 2: 1 - 5
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with
respect of persons.
2 For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in
fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3 And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and
shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou
there, or sit under my footstool:
4 Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust
5 Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this
world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to
them that love him?
GOSPEL: Mark 7: 31 - 37
31 And again going out of the coasts of Tyre, he came by Sidon to the
sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
32 And they bring to him one deaf and dumb; and they besought him that
he would lay his hand upon him.
33 And taking him from the multitude apart, he put his fingers into his
ears, and spitting, he touched his tongue:
34 And looking up to heaven, he groaned, and said to him: Ephpheta,
which is, Be thou opened.
35 And immediately his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue
was loosed, and he spoke right.
36 And he charged them that they should tell no man. But the more he
charged them, so much the more a great deal did they publish it.
37 And so much the more did they wonder, saying: He hath done all
things well; he hath made both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.