Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jeremiah 14.17-22

Let my eyes run with tears
night and day, without ceasing;
for the virgin daughter of my people
is broken with a great breach,
with a very grievous wound.
If I go out into the field,
then, behold, those slain with the sword!
and if I enter into the city,
then, behold, those who are sick with famine!
for both the prophet and the priest
go about in a land they do not know.

Have you utterly rejected Judah?
Has your soul loathed Zion?
Why have you struck us,
and there is no healing for us?
We looked for peace,
but no good came;
for a time of healing,
and behold, dismay!

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness,
and the iniquity of our fathers;
for we have sinned against you.
For the sake of your name,
do not abhor us;
do not disgrace the throne of your glory:
remember and do not break
your covenant with us.

Are there any among the
vain idols of the nations that can cause rain?
or can the sky itself give showers?
Are you not he, the Lord our God?
Therefore we will wait for you;
for you have made all these things.

Responsorial – Psalm 79.8, 9, 11+13 Resp. 9

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Do not hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us.
Let your tender mercies speedily meet us,
for we are in desperate need.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Help us, God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name.
Deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name’s sake.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you.
According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.
So we, your people and sheep of your pasture,
will give you thanks forever.
We will praise you forever, to all generations.

R. For the glory of your name, deliver us O Lord.

Gospel – Matthew 13.36-43

Then Jesus sent the crowds away
and went into the house.
His disciples came to him, saying,
“Explain to us the parable
of the weeds in the field.”

He answered them,
“He who sows the good seed
is the Son of Man,
the field is the world;
and the good seeds
are the sons of the Kingdom;
and the weeds
are the sons of the evil one.
The enemy who sowed them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age,
and the reapers are angels.

As the weeds are gathered up
and burned with fire,
so will it be at the end of this age.
The Son of Human will send out his angels,
and they will gather out of his Kingdom
all traps and all evildoers,
and will cast them into the furnace of fire,
where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

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