February 18, 2018


The Book of the Genesis   9: 8-15

9:8 To Noah and to his sons with him, God also said this:
9:9 “Behold, I will establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you,
9:10 and with every living soul that is with you: as much with the birds as with the cattle and all the animals of the earth that have gone forth from the ark, and with all the wild beasts of the earth.
9:11 I will establish my covenant with you, and no longer will all that is flesh be put to death by the waters of a great flood, and, henceforth, there will not be a great flood to utterly destroy the earth.”
9:12 And God said: “This is the sign of the pact that I grant between me and you, and to every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations.
9:13 I will place my arc in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the pact between myself and the earth.
9:14 And when I obscure the sky with clouds, my arc will appear in the clouds.
9:15 And I will remember my covenant with you, and with every living soul that enlivens flesh. And there will no longer be waters from a great flood to wipe away all that is flesh.

Second Reading

The First Letter of Saint Peter   3: 18-22

3:18 For Christ also died once for our sins, the Just One on behalf of the unjust, so that he might offer us to God, having died, certainly, in the flesh, but having been enlivened by the Spirit.
3:19 And in the Spirit, he preached to those who were in prison, going to those souls
3:20 who had been unbelieving in past times, while they waited for the patience of God, as in the days of Noah, when the ark was being built. In that ark, a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
3:21 And now you also are saved, in a similar manner, by baptism, not by the testimony of sordid flesh, but by the examination of a good conscience in God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
3:22 He is at the right hand of God, devouring death, so that we may be made heirs to eternal life. And since he has journeyed to heaven, the Angels and powers and virtues are subject to him.


The Holy Gospel According to Mark   1: 12-15

1:12 And immediately the Spirit prompted him into the desert.
1:13 And he was in the desert for forty days and forty nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the Angels ministered to him.
1:14 Then, after John was handed over, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:15 and saying: “For the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”