Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time/Labor Day

Lectionary: 437

Reading 1 – Genesis 1.26-2.3

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea,
and over the birds of the sky,
and over the livestock,
and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created man in his own image.
In God’s image he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them.
God said to them,
“Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea,
over the birds of the sky,
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed,
which is on the surface of all the earth,
and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed.
It will be your food.
To every animal of the earth,
and to every bird of the sky,
and to everything that creeps on the earth,
in which there is life,
I have given every green herb for food;”
and it was so.
God saw everything that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good.
There was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

The heavens, the earth, and all their vast array were finished.
On the seventh day God finished his work which he had done;
and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.
God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy,
because he rested in it from all his work of creation which he had done.

Responsorial – Psalm 90.2, 3-5a, 12-13, 14+16 Resp. 17b

R. Lord, give success to the work of our hands.

Before the mountains were born,
before you had formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

R. Lord, give success to the work of our hands.

You turn man to dust, saying,
“Return, you children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are just like yesterday when it is past,
like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as they sleep.

R. Lord, give success to the work of our hands.

So teach us to number our days,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Relent, Lord! How long?
Have compassion on your servants!

R. Lord, give success to the work of our hands.

Satisfy us in the morning with your loving kindness,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Let your work appear to your servants;
your glory to their children.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

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