Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Kings 11.1-4, 9-18, 20

When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,
saw that her son was dead,
she arose and destroyed all the royal offspring.
But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram,
sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah,
and stole him away from among
the king’s sons who were slain,
even him and his nurse,
and put them in the bedroom;
and they hid him from Athaliah,
so that he was not slain;
He was hidden with her
in the Lord’s house for six years.
Athaliah reigned over the land.

In the seventh year,
Jehoiada sent and fetched
the captains of the Carites
and of the guard,
and brought them to him
into the Lord’s house;
and he made a covenant with them,
and took an oath of them in the Lord’s house,
and showed them the king’s son.

The captains did according to all
that Jehoiada the priest commanded;
and they took every man his men,
those who were to come in on the Sabbath,
with those who were to go out on the Sabbath,
and came to Jehoiada the priest.
The priest delivered to the captains
the spears and shields that had been King David’s,
which were in the Lord’s house.
The guard stood,
every man with his weapons in his hand,
from the right side of the house
to the left side of the house,
along by the altar and the house,
around the king.

Then he brought out the king’s son,
and put the crown on him,
and gave him the testimony;
and they made him king,
and anointed him;
and they clapped their hands,
and said, “Long live the king!”

When Athaliah heard the noise
of the guard and of the people,
she came to the people into the Lord’s house:
and she looked, and behold,
the king stood by the pillar,
as the tradition was,
and the captains and the trumpets by the king;
and all the people of the land
rejoiced and blew trumpets.
Then Athaliah tore her clothes
and cried, “Treason! Treason!”

Jehoiada the priest commanded
the captains who were set over the army,
and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks.
Kill him who follows her with the sword.”
For the priest said,
“Do not let her be slain in the Lord’s house.”
So they made way for her;
and she went by the way of the horse gate
to the king’s house.
She was slain there.

Jehoiada made a covenant
between the Lord and the king and the people,
that they should be the Lord’s people;
between the king also and the people.
All the people of the land
went to the house of Baal and broke it down;
his altars and his images
they smashed in pieces thoroughly,
and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
The priest appointed officers over the Lord’s house.

So all the people of the land rejoiced,
and the city was quiet.
Athaliah they had slain with the sword
at the king’s house.

Responsorial – Psalm 132.11, 12, 13-14, 17-18 Resp. 13

R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

The Lord has sworn to David in truth.
He will not turn from it:
“I will set the fruit of your body
on your throne.”

R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

“If your sons will keep my covenant,
my testimony that I will teach them,
their sons also
will sit on your throne forevermore.”

R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

For the Lord has chosen Zion.
He has desired it for his dwelling.
“This is my resting place forever.
Here I will live, for I have desired it.”

R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

“There I will make the horn of David to bud.
I have ordained a lamp for my anointed.
I will clothe his enemies with shame,
but on him, his crown will be resplendent.”

R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

Gospel – Matthew 6.19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not lay up treasures
for yourselves on the earth,
where moth and rust consume,
and where thieves
break through and steal;
but lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust consume,
and where thieves do not
break through and steal;
for where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.

The lamp of the body is the eye.
If therefore your eye is sound,
your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is evil,
your whole body will be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in you is darkness,
how great is the darkness!”

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