Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Ezekiel 12.1-12

The word of the Lord came to me, saying:
“Son of man, you dwell in the middle of the rebellious house,
who have eyes to see, but do not see,
who have ears to hear, but do not hear;
for they are a rebellious house.
Therefore, son of man, prepare your things for exile,
and leave by day in their sight;
and you shall leave from your place
to another place in their sight:
it may be they will consider,
though they are a rebellious house.
You shall bring out your things by day in their sight,
Like things for exile;
and you shall go out yourself
at evening in their sight,
as when men go out into exile.
Dig through the wall in their sight,
and carry your things out that way.
In their sight you shall bear it on your shoulder,
and carry it out in the dark;
you shall cover your face so that you do not see the land:
for I have set you as a sign to the house of Israel.”

I did as I was commanded:
I brought out my things by day, as things for exile,
and in the evening I dug through the wall with my hand;
I brought it out in the dark,
and bore it on my shoulder in their sight.
In the morning, the Lord’s word came to me, saying,
“Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house,
said to you, ‘What are you doing?’
Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
This prophecy concerns Jerusalem,
and all the house of Israel within.
I am your sign: as I have done, so shall it be done to them;
they shall go into exile, into captivity.
The prince who is among them shall shoulder his burden
and shall go out in the dark
they shall dig through the wall to escape through.
He shall cover his face, lest he see the land with his eyes.

Responsorial – Psalm 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 Resp. 7b

R. Do not forget God’s deeds.

They tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,
and did not keep his testimonies;
but turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers.
They were turned aside like a treacherous bow.

R. Do not forget God’s deeds.

For they provoked him to anger with their high places,
and moved him to jealousy with their engraved images.
When God heard this, he was angry,
and greatly abhorred Israel.

R. Do not forget God’s deeds.

He delivered his strength into captivity,
his glory into the adversary’s hand.
He gave his people over to the sword,
and was angry with his inheritance.

R. Do not forget God’s deeds.

Gospel – Matthew 18.21–19.1

Then Peter came and said to him,
“Lord, how often should I forgive
my brother when he sins against me?
Even seven times?”
Jesus said to him,
“I do not tell you ‘even seven times’,
but, even seventy times seven.
Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king,
who wanted to reconcile accounts
with his servants.
When he had begun to reconcile,
one was brought to him who owed him
ten thousand talents.
But because he could not pay,
his lord commanded him to be sold,
with his wife, his children, and all that he had,
and payment be made.
The servant therefore fell down
and kneeled before him, saying,
‘Lord, have patience with me,
and I will repay you all!’
The lord of that servant,
being moved with compassion,
released him and forgave him the debt.

But that servant went out,
and found one of his fellow servants,
who owed him one hundred denarii,
and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat,
saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
So his fellow servant fell down at his feet
and begged him, saying,
‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’
He would not but went and cast him into prison,
until he should pay back what was due.
So when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were exceedingly upset,
and came and told their lord all that had happened.

So his lord called him in, and said to him,
‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant,
even as I had mercy on you?’
His lord was angry and delivered him to the tormentors,
until he should pay all that was due to him.
So my heavenly Father will do to you as well,
if each of you does not forgive their brother or sister
from your heart.”
When Jesus had finished these words,
he departed from Galilee,
and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan.

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