Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Chronicles 24.17-25

After the death of Jehoiada,
the princes of Judah came
and made obeisance to King Joash.
Then the king listened to them.
They abandoned the house of the Lord,
the God of their fathers,
and served the Asherah poles and the idols;
and wrath came on Judah and Jerusalem
for this their guiltiness.
Yet he sent prophets to them,
to bring them again to the Lord;
and they testified against them:
but they would not give ear.

The Spirit of God came on
Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest;
and he stood above the people, and said to them,
“Thus says God, ‘Why do you disobey
the Lord’s commandments,
so that you cannot prosper?
Because you have forsaken the Lord,
he has also forsaken you.’”

They conspired against him,
and stoned him with stones
at the commandment of the king
in the court of the Lord’s house.
Thus Joash the king did not remember
the kindness which Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father,
had done to him, but killed his son.
When he died, he said,
“May the Lord look at it, and repay it.”

At the end of the year,
the army of the Syrians came up against him:
and they came to Judah and Jerusalem,
and destroyed all the princes of the people
from among the people,
and sent all their plunder to the king of Damascus.
Though the army of the Syrians
came with a small company of men;
the Lord delivered a very great army into their hand,
because Judah had forsaken
the Lord, the God of their fathers.
So they executed judgment on Joash.
When they were departed from him
for they left him very sick,
his own servants conspired against him
for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest,
and killed him on his bed, and he died;
and they buried him in the city of David,
but they did nott bury him in the tombs of the kings.

Responsorial – Psalm 89.4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34 Resp. 29a

R. I will make my love for my servant endure forever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David, my servant,
‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build up your throne to all generations.’”

R. I will make my love for my servant endure forever.

I will keep my loving kindness for him forever more.
My covenant will stand firm with him.
I will also make his offspring endure forever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.

R. I will make my love for my servant endure forever.

If his sons forsake my law,
and do not walk in my commandments,
if they break my statutes,
and do not keep my commandments;

R. I will make my love for my servant endure forever.

Then I will punish their sin with the rod,
and their iniquity with stripes.
But I will not completely take my loving kindness from him,
nor allow my faithfulness to fail.

R. I will make my love for my servant endure forever.

Gospel – Matthew 6.24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters,
for either he will hate the one
and love the other;
or else he will be devoted to one
and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Mammon.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious for your life:
what you will eat, or what you will drink;
nor yet for your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothing?
See the birds of the sky.
They do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns.
Your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of much more value than they?

“Which of you, by being anxious,
can add one moment to his lifespan?
Why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.
They do not toil nor do they spin,
yet I tell you that even
Solomon in all his glory
was not dressed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which today exists, and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you,
you of little faith?

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’
or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things;
but your heavenly Father knows
that you need all these things.
But seek first the Kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things
will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Each day’s own evil is enough.

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