Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jeremiah 30.1-2, 12-15, 18-22

The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
“Thus speaks the Lord, the God of Israel, saying,
Write all the words that I have spoken to you in a book.

Your hurt is incurable.
Your wound is grievous.
There is no one to plead your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
All your lovers have forgotten you;
they do not seek you:
for I have wounded you
as an enemy would wound you,
with the chastisement of a cruel one,
for the greatness of your iniquity,
because your sins were increased.
Why do you cry for your hurt?
Your pain is incurable:
for the greatness of your iniquity,
because your sins were increased,
I have done these things to you.

The Lord says:
Behold, I will restore the future of Jacob’s tents,
and have compassion on his dwelling places,
and the city shall be built on its own hill,
and the palace shall be inhabited as it was.
Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving
and the voice of those who make merry.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Their children shall be as before,
and their congregation shall be established before me,
and I will punish all who oppress them.
Their prince shall be of themselves,
and their ruler shall proceed from among them,
and I will cause him to draw near,
and he shall approach me:
for who is he who has had boldness to approach to me?
says the Lord.
You shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Responsorial – Psalm 102.16-18, 19-21, 29+22-23 Resp. 17

R. For the Lord has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

The nations will fear the Lord’s name,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
For the Lord has built up Zion.
He has appeared in his glory.
He has responded to the prayer of the destitute,
and has not despised their prayer.

R. For the Lord has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

This will be written for the generation to come;
a people yet to be created will praise the Lord.
For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary.
From heaven, the Lord saw the earth;
to hear the groans of the prisoner;
to free those who are condemned to death;

R. For the Lord has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

The children of your servants will continue.
Their offspring will be established before you.”
That men may declare the Lord’s name in Zion,
and his praise in Jerusalem;
when the peoples are gathered together,
the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

R. For the Lord has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

Gospel – Matthew 14.22-36

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat,
and to go ahead of him to the other side,
while he sent the crowds away.
After he had sent the crowds away,
he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
When evening had come, he was there alone.

But the boat was now many kilometers offshore,
distressed by the waves, for the wind was against them.
In the fourth watch of the night,
Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea,
they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”
and they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying
“Take courage! I am! Be not afraid.”
Peter answered him and said,
“Lord, if you are,
command me to come to you on the waters.”
He said, “Come!”
Peter stepped down from the boat,
and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
But when he saw that the wind was strong,
he was afraid and beginning to sink.
He cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand,
took hold of him, and said to him,
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When they got up into the boat,
the wind ceased.
Those who were in the boat
came and worshiped him, saying,
“You are truly the Son of God!”

When they had crossed over,
they came to the land of Gennesaret.
When the people of that place recognized him,
they sent word to all that surrounding region,
and brought to him all who were sick,
and they begged him that they might
merely touch the fringe of his garment.
As many as touched it were made whole.

The following text may be substituted, especially in Year A when the above Gospel is read on Monday.

OR Gospel – Matthew 15.1-2, 10-14

Then Pharisees and scribes
came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
“Why do your disciples
disobey the tradition of the elders?
For they do not wash their hands
when they eat bread.”

He summoned the crowd, and said to them,
“Hear, and understand.
That which enters into the mouth
Does not defile the human;
but that which proceeds out of the mouth,
this defiles the human.”
Then the disciples came, and said to him,
“Do you know that the Pharisees were offended,
when they heard this saying?”
But he answered,
“Every plant which my heavenly Father
did not plant will be uprooted.
Leave them alone.
They are blind guides of the blind.
If the blind guide the blind,
both will fall into a pit.”

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