First Reading: From the First Letter of Saint Peter 4:7-13
Vrs7 The end of all things is near, so keep your minds calm and sober for prayer.
Vrs8 Above all preserve an intense love for each other, since love covers over many a sin.
Vrs9 Welcome each other into your houses without grumbling.
Vrs10 Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others.
Vrs11 If anyone is a speaker, let it be as the words of God, if anyone serves, let it be as in strength granted by God; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
Vrs12 My dear friends, do not be taken aback at the testing by fire which is taking place among you, as though something strange were happening to you;
Vrs13 but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13
Vrs10 Say among the nations, ‘Yahweh is king.’ The world is set firm, it cannot be moved. He will judge the nations with justice.
Vrs11 Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad! Let the sea thunder, and all it holds!
Vrs12 Let the countryside exult, and all that is in it, and all the trees of the forest cry out for joy,
Vrs13 at Yahweh’s approach, for he is coming, coming to judge the earth; he will judge the world with saving justice, and the nations with constancy.
Gospel: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 11:11-26
Vrs11 He entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple; and when he had surveyed it all, as it was late by now, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Vrs 12Next day as they were leaving Bethany, he felt hungry.
Vrs13 Seeing a fig tree in leaf some distance away, he went to see if he could find any fruit on it, but when he came up to it he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs.
Vrs14 And he addressed the fig tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say this.
Vrs15 So they reached Jerusalem and he went into the Temple and began driving out the men selling and buying there; he upset the tables of the money changers and the seats of the dove sellers.
Vrs16 Nor would he allow anyone to carry anything through the Temple.
Vrs17 And he taught them and said, ‘Does not scripture say: My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have turned it into a bandits’ den.’
Vrs18 This came to the ears of the chief priests and the scribes, and they tried to find some way of doing away with him; they were afraid of him because the people were carried away by his teaching.
Vrs19 And when evening came he went out of the city.
Vrs20 Next morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered to the roots.
Vrs21 Peter remembered. ‘Look, Rabbi,’ he said to Jesus, ‘the fig tree that you cursed has withered away.’
Vrs22 Jesus answered, ‘Have faith in God.
Vrs23 In truth I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Be pulled up and thrown into the sea,” with no doubt in his heart, but believing that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
Vrs24 I tell you, therefore, everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours.
Vrs25 And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, soyour Father in heaven may forgive your failings too.’