Entry: This is what the Lord asks off you

First reading Ezekiel 2:2-5 

The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 122(123) 

or

Ps 90

He will call to me, and I shall answer with freedom and honour and length of days.
He will call to me.  He will call to me.

All you sheltered by the Most High, who live in Almighty God’s shadow,
say to the Lord, “My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

He will call to me, and I shall answer with freedom and honour and length of days.
He will call to me.  He will call to me.

God will free you from hunter’s snares, will save you from deadly plague, will cover you like a nesting bird.
God’s wings will shelter you.

He will call to me, and I shall answer with freedom and honour and length of days.
He will call to me.  He will call to me.

Second reading
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 

In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.

Gospel Mark 6:1-6 

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Intercessions

Let’s pray that we may have the integrity to listen to the prophetic voice of our own conscience and to the voice of the true prophets of our time.    Lord, hear us

That all nations may work for peace and for justice in the Holy Land and throughout the world. Lord, hear us

That governments will truly care for their peoples and work together to share out the vaccines with poorer countries.   Lord, hear us

For our sick relatives, friends and fellow parishioners including Frances Taite,Tony and Margaret Dougan, Patsy Nichol, Scott Henderson, Margaret  Fleming,  Linda Strang, Denis McKay, Jim Kennedy, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Clunie,  Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Becky Alexis-Martin, for Violetta and all those being treated in the local Hospice,
and those who support them.    Lord, hear us

For those who have died recently including Catriona McLean, Ian McGuire, Alec Scullion, Maureen Corrigan, Patricia Galloway and John McGowan.   and all  those whose anniversaries fall about now:  Catherine Smith, Michael McGhee, Elsie Steele, Michael Gara, Mary McKenna, Margaret McCafferty