Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Amos 2.6-10, 13-16

Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they have sold the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of shoes;
They trample on the dust of the earth
on the head of the poor,
and deny justice to the oppressed;
and a man and his father
use the same prostitute,
profaning my holy name;
and they lay themselves down
beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge;
and in the house of their god
they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars,
and as strong as the oaks;
yet I destroyed his fruit from above,
and his roots from beneath.
Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
and led you forty years in the desert,
to possess the land of the Amorites.

Behold, I will crush you in your place,
as a cart full of grain crushes.
Flight will perish from the swift;
and the strong will not strengthen his force;
nor shall the mighty deliver himself;
nor shall he stand who handles the bow;
and he who is swift of foot will not escape;
nor shall he who rides the horse deliver himself;
and he who is courageous among the mighty
will flee away naked on that day,”
says the Lord.

Responsorial – Psalm 50.16bc-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23 Resp. 22a

R. Consider this, you who forget God.

“What right do you have to declare my statutes,
and take my covenant on your lips,
since you hate instruction,
and throw my words behind you?

R. Consider this, you who forget God.

When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
and have participated with adulterers.
You give your mouth to evil.
Your tongue frames deceit.

R. Consider this, you who forget God.

You sit and speak against your brother.
You slander your own mother’s son.
You have done these things. Shall I keep silent?
Do you think that I am like you?
I will rebuke you, and accuse you in front of your eyes.

R. Consider this, you who forget God.

Now consider this, you who forget God,
lest I tear you into pieces, and there be no one to deliver.
Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
and prepares his way so that I will show God’s salvation to him.

R. Consider this, you who forget God.

Gospel - Matthew 8.18-22

When Jesus saw a great crowd around him,
he gave the order to depart to the other side.
A scribe came, and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus said to him,
“The foxes have holes
and the birds of the sky have nests
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Follow me,
and leave the dead to bury their dead.”

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