23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Mass prayers and readings.

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Mass prayers and readings.

Iustus es, Dómine, et rectum iudícium tuum; fac cum servo tuo secundum misericórdiam tuam.
You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.

O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an ever-living inheritance. Through our Lord.



Isaiah 35:4–7a
Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
Lauda, ánima mea, Dóminum.
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets captives free.
The Lord gives sight to the blind;
the Lord raises up those who were bowed down.
The Lord loves the just;
the Lord protects strangers.
The fatherless and the widow the Lord sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The Lord shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
James 2:1–5
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here, please, ” while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, ” or “Sit at my feet, ” have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs?
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?
Prædicábat Iesus Evangélium regni, et sanábat omnem infirmitátem in pópulo.
Jesus preached the Good News of the Kingdom and healed all who were sick.
Mark 7:31–37
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” — that is, “Be opened!” And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


O God, who give us the gift of true prayer and of peace, graciously grant that through this offering we may do fitting homage to your divine majesty and by partaking of the sacred mystery may be faithfully united in mind and heart. Through Christ our Lord.

Quemádmodum desíderat cervus ad fontes aquárum, ita desíderat ánima mea ad te, Deus; sitívit ánima mea ad Deum fortem vivum.
Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God: my soul is thirsting for God, the living God.
Ego sum lux mundi, dicit Dóminus; qui séquitur me, non ámbulat in ténebris, sed habébit lumen vitæ.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; the one who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.

Grant that your faithful, O Lord, whom you nourish and endow with life through the food of your Word and heavenly Sacrament, may so benefit from your beloved Son’s great gifts that we merit an eternal share in his life. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


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