May 26, 2021

Reading

Sirach 36: 1, 4- 5, 10- 17

36:1 O God of all, take pity on us, and look with favor on us, and show us the light of your compassion.

36:4 For just as, in their sight, you have been sanctified in us, so also, in our sight, you will be magnified in them.

36:5 So may they know you, as we also have known you. For there is no God apart from you, O Lord.

36:10 Hasten the time, and remember the end, so that they may declare your miracles.

36:11 Let those who escape be devoured by the wrath of fire. And let those who harass your people find perdition.

36:12 Crush the head of the leaders of the enemies, for they say: “There is no other beside us.”

36:13 Gather together all the tribes of Jacob, so that they may acknowledge that there is no God except you, and so that they may declare your great deeds. And you will inherit them, as from the beginning.

36:14 Take pity on your people, over whom your name has been invoked, and on Israel, whom you have treated as your firstborn.

36:15 Take pity on Jerusalem, the city of your sanctification, the city of your rest.

36:16 Fill Zion with your ineffable words, and fill your people with your glory.

36:17 Give testimony to those who have been your creations from the beginning, and lift up the prophecies which the former prophets spoke in your name.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark   10: 32-45

10:32 Now they were on the way ascending to Jerusalem. And Jesus went ahead of them, and they were astonished. And those following him were afraid. And again, taking aside the twelve, he began to tell them what was about to happen to him.
10:33 “For behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be handed over to the leaders of the priests, and to the scribes, and the elders. And they will condemn him to death, and they will hand him over to the Gentiles.
10:34 And they will mock him, and spit on him, and scourge him, and put him to death. And on the third day, he will rise again.”
10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, drew near to him, saying, “Teacher, we wish that whatever we will ask, you would do for us.”
10:36 But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
10:37 And they said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your glory.”
10:38 But Jesus said to them: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice from which I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?”
10:39 But they said to him, “We can.” Then Jesus said to them: “Indeed, you shall drink from the chalice, from which I drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism, with which I am to be baptized.
10:40 But to sit at my right, or at my left, is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
10:41 And the ten, upon hearing this, began to be indignant toward James and John.
10:42 But Jesus, calling them, said to them: “You know that those who seem to be leaders among the Gentiles dominate them, and their leaders exercise authority over them.
10:43 But it is not to be this way among you. Instead, whoever would become greater shall be your minister;
10:44 and whoever will be first among you shall be the servant of all.
10:45 So, too, the Son of man has not come so that they would minister to him, but so that he would minister and would give his life as a redemption for many.”