Readings for Tuesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Year 2

First Reading
Hos 8:4-7, 11-13

When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea

Thus says the LORD:
They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;
   they established princes, but without my approval.
With their silver and gold they made
   idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
Cast away your calf, O Samaria!
   my wrath is kindled against them;
How long will they be unable to attain
   innocence in Israel?
The work of an artisan,
   no god at all,
Destined for the flames—
   such is the calf of Samaria!

When they sow the wind,
   they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
   can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
   strangers would swallow it.

When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin,
   his altars became occasions of sin.
Though I write for him my many ordinances,
   they are considered as a stranger’s.
Though they offer sacrifice,
   immolate flesh and eat it,
   the LORD is not pleased with them.
He shall still remember their guilt
   and punish their sins;
   they shall return to Egypt.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10

R. :

R. (9a) The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Our God is in heaven;
   whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the handiwork of men.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

They have mouths but speak not;
   they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not;
   they have noses but smell not.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

They have hands but feel not;
   they have feet but walk not.
Their makers shall be like them,
   everyone that trusts in them.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Year 1

First Reading
Gn 32:23-33

You shall be spoken of as Israel, because you have contended with God and prevailed.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

In the course of the night, Jacob arose, took his two wives,
   with the two maidservants and his eleven children,
   and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
After he had taken them across the stream
   and had brought over all his possessions,
Jacob was left there alone.
Then some man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
When the man saw that he could not prevail over him,
   he struck Jacob’s hip at its socket,
   so that the hip socket was wrenched as they wrestled.
The man then said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.”
The man asked, “What is your name?”
He answered, “Jacob.”
Then the man said,
   “You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel,
   because you have contended with divine and human beings
   and have prevailed.”
Jacob then asked him, “Do tell me your name, please.”
He answered, “Why should you want to know my name?”
With that, he bade him farewell.
Jacob named the place Peniel,
   “Because I have seen God face to face,” he said,
   “yet my life has been spared.”

At sunrise, as he left Penuel,
   Jacob limped along because of his hip.
That is why, to this day, the children of Israel do not eat
   the sciatic muscle that is on the hip socket,
   inasmuch as Jacob’s hip socket was struck at the sciatic muscle.

Responsorial Psalm
17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15

R. :

R. (15a) In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
   attend to my outcry;
   hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.

R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

From you let my judgment come;
   your eyes behold what is right.
Though you test my heart, searching it in the night,
   though you try me with fire, you shall find no malice in me.

R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me; hear my word.
Show your wondrous mercies,
   O savior of those who flee from their foes.

R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
I in justice shall behold your face;
   on waking, I shall be content in your presence.

R. In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 10:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord,
I know my sheep and mine know me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 9:32-38

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
   and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
   “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
   “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
   teaching in their synagogues,
   proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
   and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
   because they were troubled and abandoned,
   like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
   “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
   so ask the master of the harvest
   to send out laborers for his harvest.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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