Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Isaiah 49.14-15

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
and the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should not have
compassion on the son of her womb?
Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you!”

Responsorial – Psalm 62.2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 6a

R. My soul, wait in silence for God alone.

My soul rests in God alone.
My salvation is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress--I will never be greatly shaken.

R. My soul, wait in silence for God alone.

My soul, wait in silence for God alone,
for my expectation is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress. I will not be shaken.

R. My soul, wait in silence for God alone.

With God is my salvation and my honor.
The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times, you people.
Pour out your hearts before him.

R. My soul, wait in silence for God alone.

Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 4.1-5

Brothers and sisters:
So let a human think of us as Christ’s servants
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Moreover, it is required of stewards to be found faithful.
But with me it is a very small thing
that I should be judged by you or by human judgment.
I do not even judge myself, though I know nothing against myself.
Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore judge nothing before the time when the Lord comes.
He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness
and reveal the intentions of hearts.
Then each will receive their praise from God.

Gospel – Matthew 6.24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters,
for either he will hate the one and love the other;
or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Mammon.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious for your life:
what you will eat, or what you will drink;
nor yet for your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
See the birds of the sky.
They do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns.
Your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of much more value than they?

“Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?
Why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.
They do not toil nor do they spin,
yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory
was not dressed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you, you of little faith?

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things;
but your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Each day’s own evil is enough.

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