Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Hosea 8.4-7, 11-13

Thus says the LORD:
They have set up kings,
but not by me.
They have made princes,
and I did not approve.
Of their silver and their gold
they have made themselves idols,
that they may be cut off.

Let Samaria throw out his calf idol!
My anger burns against them!
How long will it be
until they are capable of purity in Israel?
The workman made it, and it is not god;
indeed, the calf of Samaria
shall be broken in pieces.

For they sow the wind,
and they will reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads,
it will not yield flour,
and if it were to yield,
strangers would swallow it up.

Ephraim has multiplied altars
for the expiation of sin,
but they became for him altars for sinning.
I wrote for him the many things of my law;
but they were regarded as a strange thing.
As for the sacrifices of my offerings,
they sacrifice flesh and eat it;
But the Lord does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity,
and punish their sins.
They will return to Egypt.

Responsorial – Psalm 115.3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10 Resp. 9a

R. Israel, trust in the Lord! or R. Alleluia!

Our God is in the heavens.
He does whatever he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.

R. Israel, trust in the Lord! or R. Alleluia!

They have mouths, but they do not speak.
They have eyes, but they do not see.
They have ears, but they do not hear.
They have noses, but they do not smell.

R. Israel, trust in the Lord! or R. Alleluia!

They have hands, but they do not feel.
They have feet, but they do not walk,
Their makers will be like them;
yes, everyone who trusts in them.

R. Israel, trust in the Lord! or R. Alleluia!

Gospel – Matthew 9.32-38

A mute possessed person
was brought to Jesus.
When the demon was cast out,
the mute man spoke.
The multitudes marveled, saying,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!”
But the Pharisees said,
“By the prince of the demons,
he casts out demons.”

Jesus went about all the cities and the villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom,
and healing every disease and every sickness.
But when he saw the crowds,
he was moved with compassion for them,
because they were harassed and scattered,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest indeed is plentiful,
but the laborers are few.
Pray therefore that the master of the harvest
will send out laborers into his harvest.”

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