Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 21.17-29

After the death of Naboth,
the word of the Lord came
to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
“Arise, go down to meet Ahab,
king of Israel, who dwells in Samaria.
Behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth,
where he has gone down
to take possession of it.
You shall speak to him, saying,
‘The Lord says,
“Having killed, do you also take possession?”’
You shall speak to him, saying,
‘The Lord says, “In the place
where dogs licked the blood of Naboth,
dogs will lick your blood, even yours.”’”

Ahab said to Elijah,
“Have you found me, my enemy?”
He answered, “I have found you,
because you have sold yourself
to do that which is evil
in the sight of the Lord.
Behold, I will bring evil on you,
and will utterly sweep you away
and will cut off from Ahab
every male, whether slave or free in Israel.
I will make your house
like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah
for the provocation with which you have
provoked me to anger,
and have made Israel to sin.”

The Lord also spoke of Jezebel, saying,
“The dogs shall eat Jezebel
by the rampart of Jezreel.
The dogs will eat him who dies of Ahab in the city;
and the birds of the sky will
eat him who dies in the field.”

For there was no one like Ahab,
who sold himself to do
that which was evil in the sight of the Lord,
whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
He did very abominably in following idols,
according to all that the Amorites did,
whom the Lord cast out
before the children of Israel.

When Ahab heard those words,
he tore his clothes,
and put sackcloth on his flesh,
and fasted, and lay in sackcloth,
and went subdued.
The word of the Lord came
to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
“See how Ahab humbles himself before me?
Because he humbles himself before me,
I will not bring the evil in his days;
but in his son’s days
will I bring the evil on his house.”

Responsorial – Psalm 51.3-4, 5-6ab, 11+16 Resp. 3a

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
Cleanse me from my sin.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I know my transgressions.
My sin is constantly before me.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight;

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all of my iniquities.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation.
My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Gospel - Matthew 5.43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
‘You shall love your neighbor,
and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who
mistreat you and persecute you,
that you may be children
of your Father who is in heaven.
For he makes his sun
to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you,
what reward do you have?
Do not even the tax collectors
do the same?
If you only greet your brothers and sisters,
what more do you do than others?
Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore you shall be perfect,
just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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