Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Ezekiel 1.2-5, 24-28c

On the fifth of the fourth month,
in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity,
the word of the Lord came
to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi,
in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar,
and the hand of the Lord was on me there.

I looked, and behold,
a stormy wind came out of the north,
a great cloud with flashing lightning
and a brightness around it,
and out of the middle of it
(out of the middle of the fire)
something gleamed like electrum.
Out of its center came
the likeness of four living creatures.
This was their appearance:
they had the likeness of a man.

When they went, I heard the noise of their wings
like the noise of great waters,
like the voice of the Almighty,
a noise of tumult like the noise of an army:
when they stood, they let down their wings.

Above the expanse that was over their heads
was the likeness of a throne,
in the appearance of sapphire stone,
and on the likeness of the throne
was a likeness in the appearance
of a man on it above.

I saw what seemed to gleam like electrum
from the appearance of his waist and upward,
and from the appearance of his waist and downward,
I saw what seemed to be the appearance of fire,
and there was brightness around him.
As the appearance of the rainbow
that is in the cloud in the day of rain,
so was the appearance of the brightness all around.
This was the appearance of
the likeness of the Lord’s glory.

Responsorial – Psalm 148.1-2, 11-12, 13, 14 Resp. Sanctus

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or R. Alleluia.

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all his host!

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or R. Alleluia.

Kings of the earth and all peoples;
princes and all judges of the earth;
both young men and maidens;
old men and children:

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or R. Alleluia.

Let them praise the Lord’s name,
for his name alone is exalted.
His glory is above the earth and the heavens.

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or R. Alleluia.

He has lifted up the horn of his people,
the praise of all his saints;
even of the children of Israel, a people near to him.

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. or R. Alleluia.

Gospel – Matthew 17.22-27

While they were staying in Galilee,
Jesus said to them,
“The Son of Human
is about to be delivered up
into the hands of humans,
and they will kill him,
and on the third day he will be raised up.”
They were exceedingly distressed.

When they had come to Capernaum,
those who collected the tax coins
came to Peter, and said,
“Does your teacher not pay the tax?”
He said, “Yes.”
When he came into the house,
Jesus anticipated him, saying,
“What do you think, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth
receive toll or tribute?
From their sons or from strangers?”
Peter said to him, “From strangers.”
Jesus said to him, “Therefore the sons are exempt.
But, lest we cause them to stumble,
go to the sea, cast a hook,
and take up the first fish that comes.
When you have opened its mouth,
you will find a coin.
Take that, and give it to them
for me and you.”

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