Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jeremiah 26.11-16, 24

Then the priests and the prophets
spoke to the princes and to all the people, saying,
“This man deserves death;
for he has prophesied against this city,
as you have heard with your own ears.”

Then Jeremiah spoke
to all the princes and to all the people, saying,
“The Lord sent me to prophesy
against this house and against this city
all the words that you have heard.
Now therefore amend your ways and your doings,
and obey the Lord your God’s voice,
and the Lord will repent of the evil
that he has pronounced against you.
But as for me, behold, I am in your hand:
do with me as is good and right in your eyes.
Only know for certain that, if you put me to death,
you will bring innocent blood on yourselves,
and on this city, and on its inhabitants;
for truthfully, the Lord has sent me to you
to speak all these words in your ears.”

Then the princes and all the people
said to the priests and to the prophets:
“This man is not worthy of death;
for he has spoken to us
in the name of the Lord our God.”

So the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan
was with Jeremiah, so that they would not
hand him over to the people to put him to death.

Responsorial – Psalm 69.15-16, 30-31, 33-34 Resp. 14c

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

Deliver me out of the mire; do not let me sink.
Let me be delivered from those who hate me,
and out of the deep waters.
Let not the flood waters overwhelm me,
nor let the deep swallow me up,
nor let the pit shut its mouth on me.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

But I am poor and sorrowful:
Your salvation, O God, protects me.
I will praise the name of God with a song,
and I will magnify him with praise.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

Let the poor see and rejoice:
seek God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord has heard the poor:
and has not despised his prisoners.

R. Hear me, O Lord, according to the greatness of your love.

Gospel – Matthew 14.1-12

At that time, Herod the tetrarch
heard a report concerning Jesus,
and said to his servants,
“This is John the Baptist.
He is risen from the dead.
That is why these powers work in him.”

For Herod had laid hold of John,
and bound him and put him in prison
for the sake of Herodias,
his brother Philip’s wife.
For John said to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Though he would have put him to death,
he feared the crowd,
because they counted him as a prophet.

But when Herod’s birthday came,
the daughter of Herodias danced among them
and pleased Herod.
Whereupon he promised with an oath
to give her whatever she should ask.
She, being prompted by her mother, said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

The king was worried, but for the sake of his oaths,
and of those who sat at the table with him,
he commanded it to be given,
and he sent and beheaded John in the prison.
His head was brought on a platter,
and given to the girl,
and she brought it to her mother.

His disciples came,
and took the body, and buried it,
and they went and told Jesus.

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