Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 21.1-16

Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel,
next to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying,
“Give me your vineyard,
that I may have it for an herb garden,
because it is near to my house;
and I will give you for it a better vineyard than it.
Or, if it seems good to you,
I will give you its worth in money.”
Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that
I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!”

Ahab came into his house sullen and angry
because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite
had spoken to him; for he had said,
“I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.”
He laid himself down on his bed,
and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him,
“Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?”
He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite,
and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money;
or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’
He answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”
Jezebel his wife said to him,
“Do you govern the kingdom of Israel?
Arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry.
I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name,
and sealed them with his seal,
and sent the letters to the elders and to the nobles
who were in his city, who lived with Naboth.
She wrote in the letters, saying,
“Proclaim a fast,
and set Naboth on high among the people.
Set two men, wicked men, before him,
and let them testify against him, saying,
‘You cursed God and the king!’
Then carry him out, and stone him to death.”

The men of his city,
the elders and the nobles who lived in his city,
did as Jezebel had sent to them,
as it was written in the letters
which she had sent to them.
They proclaimed a fast,
and set Naboth on high among the people.
The two men, the wicked men,
came in and sat before him.
The wicked men testified against him, against Naboth,
in the presence of the people, saying,
“Naboth cursed God and the king!”
Then they carried him out of the city
and stoned him to death with stones.
Then they sent to Jezebel, saying,
“Naboth has been stoned, and is dead.”

When Jezebel heard that Naboth
was stoned, and was dead,
Jezebel said to Ahab,
“Arise, take possession of
the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
which he refused to give you for money;
for Naboth is not alive, but dead.”
When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead,
Ahab rose up to go down to
the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
to take possession of it.

Responsorial – Psalm 5.2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7 Resp. 2b

R. Listen to the voice of my cry, O Lord.

Give ear to my words, O Lord.
Consider my meditation.
Listen to the voice of my cry,
my King and my God;

R. Listen to the voice of my cry, O Lord.

In the morning I will lay my requests before you, and will watch expectantly.
For you are not a God who has pleasure in wickedness.
Evil cannot live with you.
The arrogant shall not stand in your sight.

R. Listen to the voice of my cry, O Lord.

You hate all workers of iniquity.
You will destroy those who speak lies.
the Lord abhors
the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

R. Listen to the voice of my cry, O Lord.

Gospel – Matthew 5.38-42

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
‘An eye for an eye,
and a tooth for a tooth.’
But I say to you,
do not resist one who is evil;
but whoever strikes you on your right cheek,
turn to them the other also.
If anyone sues you to take away your coat,
let them have your cloak also.
Whoever compels you to go one mile,
go with them two.
Give to the one who asks you,
and do not turn away the one
who desires to borrow from you.

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