Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Hosea 11.1-4, 8e-9

Thus says the LORD:
“When Israel was a child, I loved him;
out of Egypt I called my son.
I called them,
but they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals,
and burned incense to idols.

Yet I taught Ephraim to walk.
I took them in my arms;
but they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with human cords,
with ties of love;
and I was to them
like those who lift up the yoke on their necks;
and I bent down to them and I fed them.

My heart is turned within me,
my compassion is aroused.
I will not execute the fierceness of my anger.
I will not return to destroy Ephraim:
for I am God, and not man;
the Holy One among you;
and I will not come in wrath.

Responsorial – Psalm 80.2ac+3b, 15-16 Resp. 4b

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we shall be saved.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
You who dwell among the cherubim, shine forth.
Stir up your strength,
and come to save us.

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we shall be saved.

Return, we beseech you, O God of Hosts.
Look down from heaven and see,
Visit this vine and the vineyard
which your right hand has planted,
the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we shall be saved.

Gospel – Matthew 10.7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles:
As you go, preach, saying,
‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,
and cast out demons.
Freely you received,
so freely give.

Do not take any gold, silver, or copper
in your money belts.
Take no bag for your journey,
nor two coats, nor shoes, nor staff:
for the laborer is worthy of his food.

Into whatever city or village you enter,
find out who in it is worthy;
and stay there until you go on.
As you enter into the household, greet it.
If the household is worthy,
let your peace come on it,
but if it is not worthy,
let your peace return to you.

Whoever does not receive you,
nor hears your words,
go out of that house or that city,
and shake off the dust from your feet.
Amen I say to you,
it will be more tolerable for
the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
in the day of judgment than for that city.

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