|"The First Shall Be Last" -- by James Tissot|
FIRST READING: Wisdom 2: 12, 17 - 20
12 Let us therefore lie in wait for the just, because he is not for our turn, and
he is contrary to our doings, and upbraideth us with transgressions of the
law, and divulgeth against us the sins of our way of life.
17 Let us see then if his words be true, and let us prove what shall happen
to him, and we shall know what his end shall be.
18 For if he be the true son of God, he will defend him, and will deliver him
from the hands of his enemies.
19 Let us examine him by outrages and tortures, that we may know his
meekness and try his patience.
20 Let us condemn him to a most shameful death: for there shall be respect
had unto him by his words.
PSALM: Psalms 54: 3 - 8
3 For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have sought after
my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.
4 For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul.
5 Turn back the evils upon my enemies; and cut them off in thy truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice to thee, and will give praise, O God, to thy name:
because it is good:
7 For thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and my eye hath looked
down upon my enemies.
SECOND READING: James 3: 16 - 4: 3
16 For where envying and contention is: there is inconstancy and every evil
17 But the wisdom that is from above, first indeed is chaste, then peaceable,
modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy and
good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.
18 And the fruit of justice is sown in peace, to them that make peace.
1 From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence,
from your concupiscences, which war in your members?
2 You covet, and have not: you kill and envy and cannot obtain. You
contend and war, and you have not: because you ask not.
3 You ask and receive not: because you ask amiss, that you may consume it
on your concupiscences.
GOSPEL: Mark 9: 30 - 37
30 And departing from thence, they passed through Galilee: and he would
not that any man should know it.
31 And he taught his disciples and said to them: The Son of man shall be
betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is
killed, he shall rise again the third day.
32 But they understood not the word: and they were afraid to ask him.
33 And they came to Capharnaum. And when they were in the house, he
asked them: What did you treat of in the way?
34 But they held their peace, for in the way they had disputed among
themselves, which of them should be the greatest.
35 And sitting down, he called the twelve and saith to them: If any man
desire to be first, he shall be the last of all and be minister of all.
36 And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when he had
embraced, he saith to them:
37 Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name receiveth me.
And whosoever shall receive me receiveth not me but him that sent me.