First Reading: From the Letter of Saint James 5:1-6
Vrs1 Well now, you rich! Lament, weep for the miseries that are coming to you.
Vrs2 Your wealth is rotting, your clothes are all moth-eaten.
Vrs3 All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be a witness against you and eat into your body. It is like a fire which you have stored up for the final days.
Vrs4 Can you hear crying out against you the wages which you kept back from the labourers mowing your fields? The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord Sabaoth.
Vrs5 On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content.
Vrs6 It was you who condemned the upright and killed them; they offered you no resistance.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 49:14-15, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20
Vrs14 They are penned in Sheol like sheep, Death will lead them to pasture, and those who are honest will rule over them. In the morning all trace of them will be gone, Sheol will be their home.
Vrs15 But my soul God will ransom from the clutches of Sheol, and will snatch me up.
Vrs16 Do not be overawed when someone gets rich, and lives in ever greater splendor;
Vrs17 when he dies he will take nothing with him, his wealth will not go down with him.
Vrs18 Though he pampered himself while he lived — and people praise you for looking after yourself-
Vrs19 he will go to join the ranks of his ancestors, who will never again see the light.
Vrs20 In prosperity people lose their good sense, they become no better than dumb animals.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 9:41-50
Vrs41 ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not lose his reward.
Vrs42 ‘But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone hung round his neck.
Vrs43 And if your hand should be your downfall, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that can never be put out.
Vrs45 And if your foot should be your downfall, cut it off; it is better for you enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
Vrs47 And if your eye should be your downfall, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell
Vrs48 where their worm will never die nor their fire be put out.
Vrs49 For everyone will be salted with fire.
Vrs50 Salt is a good thing, but if salt has become insipid, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.’