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02/06/2023 Day 153

Friday in the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time – Year I
Antiphons on page 869 and Readings on page 886 of the Daily Missal



First Reading: Sirach 44:1, 9-13

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Let us now praise famous people,
and our parents in their generations.
There are some who have no memorial,
who have perished as though they had not lived;
they have become as though they had not been born,
and so have their children after them.
But these were people of mercy,
whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;
their prosperity will remain with their descendants,
and their inheritance to their children’s children.
Their descendants stand by the covenants,
their children also, for their sake.
Their posterity will continue for ever,
and their glory will not be blotted out.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149:1b-2.3-4.5-6a & 9b (R. 4a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker;
let Sion’s children exult in their king.

Let them praise his name with dancing,
and make music with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the poor with salvation.

Let the faithful exult in glory,
and rejoice as they take their rest.
Let the praise of God be in their mouths
This is an honour for all his faithful.

R/. The Lord takes delight in his people.


Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, says the Lord.


Gospel: Mark 11:11-25

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus entered Jerusalem [amid acclamations from the crowd,]
and went into the temple;
and when he had looked round at everything,
as it was already late,
he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

On the following day,
when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf,
he went to see if he could find anything on it.
When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves,
for it was not the season for figs.
And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
And his disciples heard it.

And they came to Jerusalem.
And he entered the temple and began to drive out
those who sold and those who bought in the temple,
and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers
and the seats of those who sold pigeons;
and he would not allow anyone
to carry anything through the temple.
And he taught, and said to them,
“Is it not written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
But you have made it a den of robbers.”
And the chief priests and the scribes heard it
and sought a way to destroy him;
for they feared him,
because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.
And when evening came, they went out of the city.

As they passed by in the morning,
they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
And Peter remembered and said to him,
“Master, look!
The fig tree which you cursed has withered.”

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,
‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’
and does not doubt in his heart,
but believes that what he says will come to pass,
it will be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,
believe that you receive it, and you will.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive,
if you have anything against anyone;
so that your Father also who is in heaven
may forgive you your trespasses.”

The Gospel of the Lord


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