First Reading: From the Second Book of Saint Timothy 4:1-8
Vrs1 Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:
Vrs2 proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement — but do all with patience and with care to instruct.
Vrs3 The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes;
Vrs4 and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.
Vrs5 But you must keep steady all the time; put up with suffering; do the work of preaching the gospel; fulfil the service asked of you.
Vrs6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to depart.
Vrs7 I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith;
Vrs8 all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 71:8-9, 14-15, 16-17, 22
Vrs8 My mouth is full of your praises, filled with your splendour all day long.
Vrs9 Do not reject me in my old age, nor desert me when my strength is failing,
Vrs14 As for me, my hope will never fade, I will praise you more and more.
Vrs15 My lips shall proclaim your saving justice, your saving power all day long.
Vrs16 I will come in the power of Yahweh to tell of your justice, yours alone.
Vrs17 God, you have taught me from boyhood, and I am still proclaiming your marvels.
Vrs22 For my part, I will thank you on the lyre for your constancy, my God. I will play the harp in your honour, Holy One of Israel.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 12:38-44
Vrs38 In his teaching he said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares,
Vrs39 to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets;
Vrs40 these are the men who devour the property of widows and for show offer long prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’
Vrs41 He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal.
Vrs42 A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny.
Vrs43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury;
Vrs44 for they have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’