First Reading: From the Letter of Saint James 5:9-12
Vrs9 Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.
Vrs10 For your example, brothers, in patiently putting up with persecution, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name;
Vrs11 remember it is those who had perseverance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and understood the Lord’s purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate.
Vrs12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth or use any oaths at all. If you mean ‘yes’, you must say ‘yes’; if you mean ‘no’, say ‘no’. Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12
Vrs1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
Vrs2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
Vrs3 He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,
Vrs4 he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
Vrs8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
Vrs9 his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;
Vrs10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.
Vrs11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.
Vrs12 As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 10:1-12
Vrs1 After leaving there, he came into the territory of Judaea and Transjordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was.
Vrs2 Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were putting him to the test.
Vrs3 He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’
Vrs4 They replied, ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’
Vrs5 Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you.
Vrs6 But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female.
Vrs7 This is why a man leaves his father and mother,
Vrs8 and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh.
Vrs9 So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’
Vrs10 Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this,
Vrs11 and he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her.
Vrs12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’