Wed 22 May

Wed 22 May

Wednesday of week 7 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Rita of Cascia

First reading

James 4:13-17

You cannot know what will happen tomorrow

Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: ‘Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.’
You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most you should ever say is: ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or that.’ But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t do it commits a sin.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 48(49):2-3,6-11

Hear this, all you peoples,
 give heed, all who dwell in the world,
men both low and high,
 rich and poor alike!

Why should I fear in evil days
 the malice of the foes who surround me,
men who trust in their wealth,
 and boast of the vastness of their riches?

For no man can buy his own ransom,
 or pay a price to God for his life.
The ransom of his soul is beyond him.
 He cannot buy life without end,
 nor avoid coming to the grave.

He knows that wise men and fools must both perish
 and leave their wealth to others.


Mark 9:38-40

You must not stop anyone from working miracles in my name

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.’

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