Readings forReadings for February 17, Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time


“Let us go down, and there confuse their language.”
A reading from the Book of Genesis 11: 1-9

The whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM PSALM 33;10-11.12-13.14-15 (R.12b)
R/. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen as his heritage.

The Lord frustrates the designs of the nations;
he defeats the plans of the peoples.
The designs of the Lord stand forever,
the plans of his heart from age to age. R/.

Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his heritage.
From the heavens the Lord looks forth;
he sees all the children of men. R/.

From the place where he dwells
he gazes on all the dwellers on the earth,
He who shapes the hearts of them all,
and considers all their deeds. R/.

ALLELUIA John 15:15b
Alleluia. I have called you friends, says the Lord, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. Alleluia.

“Whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 8:34-9:1

At that time: Jesus called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would have his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

The Gospel of the Lord


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