February 21, 2023


Daily Readings:

  • First Reading

    Sirach 2:1-11

    1My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation. 2Set your heart right and be steadfast, and do not be hasty in time of calamity. 3Cleave to him and do not depart, that you may be honored at the end of your life. 4Accept whatever is brought upon you, and in changes that humble you be patient. 5For gold is tested in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation. 6Trust in him, and he will help you; make your ways straight, and hope in him. 7You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and turn not aside, lest you fall. 8You who fear the Lord, trust in him, and your reward will not fail; 9you who fear the Lord, hope for good things, for everlasting joy and mercy. 10Consider the ancient generations and see: who ever trusted in the Lord and was put to shame? Or who ever persevered in the fear of the Lord and was forsaken? Or who ever called upon him and was overlooked? 11For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; he forgives sins and saves in time of affliction.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

    3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. 4Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 18The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide for ever; 19they are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance. 27Depart from evil, and do good; so shall you abide for ever. 28For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. The righteous shall be preserved for ever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 39The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the time of trouble. 40The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

  • Gospel

    Mark 9:30-37

    30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise." 32But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him. 33And they came to Caper'na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" 34But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." 36And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."