May 29, 2021

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First Reading

Sirach 51:12-20

12for thou didst save me from destruction and rescue me from an evil plight. Therefore I will give thanks to thee and praise thee, and I will bless the name of the Lord. 13While I was still young, before I went on my travels, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer. 14Before the temple I asked for her, and I will search for her to the last. 15From blossom to ripening grape my heart delighted in her; my foot entered upon the straight path; from my youth I followed her steps. 16I inclined my ear a little and received her, and I found for myself much instruction. 17I made progress therein; to him who gives wisdom I will give glory. 18For I resolved to live according to wisdom, and I was zealous for the good; and I shall never be put to shame. 19My soul grappled with wisdom, and in my conduct I was strict; I spread out my hands to the heavens, and lamented my ignorance of her. 20I directed my soul to her, and through purification I found her. I gained understanding with her from the first, therefore I will not be forsaken.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalms 19:8-11

7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Gospel

Mark 11:27-33

27And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28and they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?" 29Jesus said to them, "I will ask you a question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me." 31And they argued with one another, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will say, `Why then did you not believe him?' 32But shall we say, `From men'?" — they were afraid of the people, for all held that John was a real prophet. 33So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."