|"The Possessed Boy at the Foot of Mount Tabor" -- by James Tissot|
FIRST READING: Sirach 1: 1 - 10
1 All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.
2 Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of the world? Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?
3 Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that goeth before all things?
4 Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
5 The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom, and her ways are everlasting commandments.
6 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who hath known her wise counsels?
7 To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity of her steps?
8 There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of dominion.
9 He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.
10 And he poured her out upon all his works, and upon all flesh according to his gift, and hath given her to them that love him.
PSALM: Psalms 93: 1 - 2, 5
1 The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty: the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded himself. For he hath established the world which shall not be moved.
2 Thy throne is prepared from of old: thou art from everlasting.
5 Thy testimonies are become exceedingly credible: holiness becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.
GOSPEL: Mark 9: 14 - 29
14 And coming to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes disputing with them.
15And presently all the people seeing Jesus, were astonished and struck with fear; and running to him, they saluted him.
16 And he asked them: What do you question about among you?
17 And one of the multitude, answering, said: Master, I have brought my son to thee, having a dumb spirit.
18 Who, wheresoever he taketh him, dasheth him, and he foameth, and gnasheth with the teeth, and pineth away; and I spoke to thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not.
19 Who answering them, said: O incredulous generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediately the spirit troubled him; and being thrown down upon the ground, he rolled about foaming.
21 And he asked his father: How long time is it since this hath happened unto him? But he said: From his infancy:
22 And oftentimes hath he cast him into the fire and into waters to destroy him. But if thou canst do any thing, help us, having compassion on us.
23 And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears said: I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief.
25 And when Jesus saw the multitude running together, he threatened the unclean spirit, saying to him: Deaf and dumb spirit, I command thee, go out of him; and enter not any more into him.
26 And crying out, and greatly tearing him, he went out of him, and he became as dead, so that many said: He is dead.
27 But Jesus taking him by the hand, lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.