Wednesday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Letter of James 4:13-17.

Beloved : Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”– you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.

Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”

But now you are boasting in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, it is a sin.

Psalms 49(48):2-3.6-7.8-10.11.

Hear this, all you peoples!
Give ear, all who inhabit the world,
You of lowly birth or high estate,
rich and poor alike.

Why should I fear in evil days,
when my wicked pursuers ring me round,
They trust in their wealth;

the abundance of their riches is their boast.
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough

to remain alive always and not see destruction.
Anyone can see that the wisest die,
the fool and the senseless pass away too,
and must leave their wealth to others.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:38-40.

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”

Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.

For whoever is not against us is for us.


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