First Reading: From the First of Saint Peter 1:18-25
Vrs18 For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors was paid, not in anything perishable like silver or gold,
Vrs19 but in precious blood as of a blameless and spotless lamb, Christ.
Vrs20 He was marked out before the world was made, and was revealed at the final point of time for your sake.
Vrs21 Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for this very purpose — that your faith and hope should be in God.
Vrs22 Since by your obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves so that you can experience the genuine love of brothers, love each other intensely from the heart;
Vrs23 for your new birth was not from any perishable seed but from imperishable seed, the living and enduring Word of God.
Vrs24 For all humanity is grass, and all its beauty like the wild flower’s. As grass withers, the flower fades,
Vrs25 but the Word of the Lord remains for ever. And this Word is the Good News that has been brought to you.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Vrs12 Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem, Zion, praise your God.
Vrs13 For he gives strength to the bars of your gates, he blesses your children within you,
Vrs14 he maintains the peace of your frontiers, gives you your fill of finest wheat.
Vrs15 He sends his word to the earth, his command runs quickly,
Vrs19 He reveals his word to Jacob, his statutes and judgements to Israel.
Vrs20 For no other nation has he done this, no other has known his judgements.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 10:32-45
Vrs32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ahead of them; they were in a daze, and those who followed were apprehensive. Once more taking the Twelve aside he began to tell them what was going to happen to him,
Vrs33 ‘Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the gentiles,
Vrs34 who will mock him and spit at him and scourge him and put him to death; and after three days he will rise again.’
Vrs35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘We want you to do us a favor.’
Vrs36 He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’
Vrs37 They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’
Vrs38 But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I shall drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I shall be baptized?’
Vrs39 They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I shall be baptized you shall be baptized,
Vrs40 but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’
Vrs41 When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John,
Vrs42 so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the gentiles those they call their rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt.
Vrs43 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,
Vrs44 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.
Vrs45 For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’