You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right;
treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.
A reading from the prophet Isaiah 35: 4-7
Say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid.
‘Look, your God is coming, vengeance is coming,
the retribution of God; he is coming to save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
for water gushes in the desert,
streams in the wasteland,
the scorched earth becomes a lake,
the parched land springs of water.
The Word of the Lord
Response: Praise the Lord, my soul!
1. It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever, who is just
to those who are oppressed. It is he who gives
bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners
2. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind, who raises
up those who are bound down, the Lord who
loves the just, the Lord, who protects the stranger. R.
3. The Lord upholds the widow and orphan, but
thwarts the path of the wicked. The Lord will reign
for ever, Zion’s God, from age to age. R.
A reading from the letter of St James 2: 1-5
My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ,
our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between
classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into
your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring
on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby
clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man,
and say, ‘Come this way to the best seats’; then you tell
the poor man, ‘Stand over there’ or ‘You can sit on the
floor by my foot-rest.’ Can’t you see that you have used
two different standards in your mind, and turned yourselves
into judges, and corrupt judges at that?
Listen, my dear brothers: it was those who are poor according
to the world that God chose, to be rich in faith
and to be the heirs to the kingdom which he promised to
those who love him.
The Word of the Lord
Jesus preached the Good News of the kingdom
and healed all who were sick.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 7: 31-37
Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of
Sidon towards the sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis
region. And they brought him a deaf man who
had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to
lay his hand on him.
He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put
his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue
with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he
said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’
And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his
tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly.
And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the
more he insisted, the more widely they published it.
Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things
well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
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.