Reading 1, Genesis 4:1-15, 25
3 Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering for Yahweh,
6 Yahweh asked Cain, ‘Why are you angry and downcast?
7 If you are doing right, surely you ought to hold your head high! But if you are not doing right, Sin is crouching at the door hungry to get you. You can still master him.’
9 Yahweh asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I do not know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s guardian?’
10 ‘What have you done?’ Yahweh asked. ‘Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.
11 Now be cursed and banned from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands.
13 Cain then said to Yahweh, ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Look, today you drive me from the surface of the earth. I must hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!’
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
1 [Psalm Of Asaph] The God of gods, Yahweh, is speaking, from east to west he summons the earth.
8 ‘It is not with your sacrifices that I find fault, those burnt offerings constantly before me;
17 when you detest my teaching, and thrust my words behind you?
20 ‘You sit there, slandering your own brother, you malign your own mother’s son.
21 You do this, and am I to say nothing? Do you think that I am really like you? I charge you, indict you to your face.
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11 The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with him; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to put him to the test.
13 And, leaving them again, he re-embarked and went away to the other side.
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