Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Isaiah 1.10, 16-20

Hear the word of the Lord,
rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the law of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves,
make yourself clean.
Put away the evil of your doings
from before my eyes.
Cease to do evil.
Learn to do good.
Seek justice.
Relieve the oppressed.
Judge the fatherless.
Plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
says the Lord,
“Though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow.
Though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.”

If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be devoured with the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it!

Responsorial – Psalm 50.8-9, 16bc-17, 21+23 Resp. 23b

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices.
Your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I have no need for a bull from your stall,
nor male goats from your pens.

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

“What right do you have to declare my statutes,
and to have my covenant on your lips,
since you hate instruction,
and throw my words behind you?

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

You have done these things, and I kept silent,
so you thought that I was just like you.
I will rebuke you, and accuse you before your own eyes.
Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
and to him who rightly goes his way, I will show God’s salvation .”

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

Gospel – Matthew 23.1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, saying:
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have sat in the chair of Moses.
Therefore, observe and do all things whatsoever they say to you,
but do not act according to their works.
For they speak and do not act.
For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens
and lay them on the shoulders of humans:
but they do not wish to move them with their own finger.
They do all their works for the attention of humans.
For they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge their fringes.
And they love the first places at feasts and the first chairs in the synagogues,
and salutations in the marketplace, and to be called by humans, ‘Rabbi’.
But as for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’.
For one is your teacher, and you are all brothers.
And do not call your father upon the earth,
For one is your Heavenly Father.
And do not be called masters: for your master is one: the Christ.
But the greatest of you, will be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

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