Readings For Monday 13th Week In Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Am 2:6-10, 13-16

They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of the earth.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos

Thus says the LORD:
For three crimes of Israel, and for four,
   I will not revoke my word;
Because they sell the just man for silver,
   and the poor man for a pair of sandals.
They trample the heads of the weak
   into the dust of the earth,
   and force the lowly out of the way.
Son and father go to the same prostitute,
   profaning my holy name.
Upon garments taken in pledge
   they recline beside any altar;
And the wine of those who have been fined
   they drink in the house of their god.

Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them,
   who were as tall as the cedars,
   and as strong as the oak trees.
I destroyed their fruit above,
   and their roots beneath.
It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
   and who led you through the desert for forty years,
   to occupy the land of the Amorites:

Beware, I will crush you into the ground
   as a wagon crushes when laden with sheaves.
Flight shall perish from the swift,
   and the strong man shall not retain his strength;
The warrior shall not save his life,
   nor the bowman stand his ground;
The swift of foot shall not escape,
   nor the horseman save his life.
And the most stouthearted of warriors
   shall flee naked on that day, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 50:16bc-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23

R. :

℟. (22a) Remember this, you who never think of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
   and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
   and cast my words behind you?”

℟. Remember this, you who never think of God.

“When you see a thief, you keep pace with him,
   and with adulterers you throw in your lot.
To your mouth you give free rein for evil,
   you harness your tongue to deceit.”

℟. Remember this, you who never think of God.

“You sit speaking against your brother;
   against your mother’s son you spread rumors.
When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
   Or do you think that I am life yourself?
   I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.”

℟. Remember this, you who never think of God.

“Consider this, you who forget God,
   lest I rend you the there be no one to rescue you.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
   and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

℟. Remember this, you who never think of God.

Year 2

First Reading
Gn 18:16-33

Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Abraham and the men who had visited him by the Terebinth of Mamre
   set out from there and looked down toward Sodom;
   Abraham was walking with them, to see them on their way.
The LORD reflected: “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
   now that he is to become a great and populous nation,
   and all the nations of the earth are to find blessing in him?
Indeed, I have singled him out
   that he may direct his children and his household after him
   to keep the way of the LORD
   by doing what is right and just,
   so that the LORD may carry into effect for Abraham
   the promises he made about him.”
Then the LORD said:
   “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,
   and their sin so grave,
   that I must go down and see whether or not their actions
   fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me.
   I mean to find out.”

While the two men walked on farther toward Sodom,
   the LORD remained standing before Abraham.
Then Abraham drew nearer to him and said:
   “Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?
Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;
   would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it
   for the sake of the fifty innocent people within it?
Far be it from you to do such a thing,
   to make the innocent die with the guilty,
   so that the innocent and the guilty would be treated alike!
Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?”
The LORD replied,
   “If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom,
   I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Abraham spoke up again:
   “See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord,
   though I am but dust and ashes!
What if there are five less than fifty innocent people?
Will you destroy the whole city because of those five?”
He answered, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
But Abraham persisted, saying, “What if only forty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it for the sake of forty.”
Then Abraham said, “Let not my Lord grow impatient if I go on.
What if only thirty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it if I can find but thirty there.”
Still Abraham went on,
   “Since I have thus dared to speak to my Lord,
   what if there are no more than twenty?”
He answered, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
But he still persisted:
   “Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time.
What if there are at least ten there?”
He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”

The LORD departed as soon as he had finished speaking with Abraham,
   and Abraham returned home.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:1b-2, 3-4, 8-9, 10-11

R. :

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
   and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He pardons all your iniquities,
   he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
   he crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
He will not always chide,
   nor does he keep his wrath forever.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
   nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 8:18-22

Follow me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
   he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
   “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
   but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
   “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
   and let the dead bury their dead.”

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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