First Reading: From the First Letter of Saint Peter 1:3-9
Vrs3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Vrs4 and into a heritage that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away. It is reserved in heaven for you
Vrs5 who are being kept safe by God’s power through faith until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the final point of time.
Vrs6 This is a great joy to you, even though for a short time yet you must bear all sorts of trials;
Vrs7 so that the worth of your faith, more valuable than gold, which is perishable even if it has been tested by fire, may be proved — to your praise and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Vrs8 You have not seen him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him you believe in him and so are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described;
Vrs9 and you are sure of the goal of your faith, that is, the salvation of your souls.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 111:1-2, 5-6, 9, 10
Vrs1 Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart, in the meeting-place of honest people, in the assembly.
Vrs2 Great are the deeds of Yahweh, to be pondered by all who delight in them.
Vrs5 He gives food to those who fear him, he keeps his covenant ever in mind.
Vrs6 His works show his people his power in giving them the birthright of the nations.
Vrs9 Deliverance he sends to his people, his covenant he imposes for ever; holy and awesome his name.
Vrs10 The root of wisdom is fear of Yahweh; those who attain it are wise. His praise will continue for ever.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 10:17-27
Vrs17 He was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
Vrs18 Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
Vrs19 You know the commandments: You shall not kill; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not give false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’
Vrs20 And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these since my earliest days.’
Vrs21 Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’
Vrs22 But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
Vrs23 Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’
Vrs24 The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Vrs25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’
Vrs26 They were more astonished than ever, saying to one another, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’
Vrs27 Jesus gazed at them and said, ‘By human resources it is impossible, but not for God: because for Godeverything is possible.’