Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 5th July, 2022
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Tuesday of 14th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2
A reading from the book of the Prophet Hosea 8:4-7. 11-13
Theme: They sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind.
Thus says the Lord:
They have set up kings, but not with my consent, and appointed princes, but without my knowledge.
Out of their own silver and gold they have made idols, which are doomed to destruction.
I spurn your calf, Samaria, my anger blazes against it.
(How long will it be before they purge themselves of this, the sons of Israel?)
A workman made the thing, this cannot be God! Yes, the calf of Samaria shall go up in flames.
They sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind;
their wheat will yield no ear, the ear will yield no flour,
or, if it does, foreigners will swallow it.
Ephraim has built altar after altar, they have only served him as occasion for sin.
Were I to write out the thousand precepts of my Law for him,
they would be paid no more attention than those of a stranger.
They love sacrificing; right, let them sacrifice! They love meat; right, let them eat it!
The Lord takes no pleasure in these.
He is now going to remember their iniquity and punish their sins;
they will have to go back to Egypt.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm Ps 113b
Response Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord.
l. Our God, he is in the heavens;
he does whatever he wills.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold,
the work of human hands. Response
2. They have mouths but they cannot speak;
they have eyes but they cannot see;
they have ears but they cannot hear;
they have nostrils but they cannot smell. Response
3. With their hands they cannot feel; I
with their feet they cannot walk.
Their makers will become like them:
so will all who trust in them. Response
4. Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield. Response
Gospel Acclamation Eph 1: 17. 18
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.
Or Jn 10: 27
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord. I know my own and my own know me.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:32-38 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.
A man was brought to Jesus, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed.
‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’ they said.
But the Pharisees said,
‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’
Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness. And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Tuesday Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 9:32-38
We would probably all agree with the assessment of the people in today’s gospel reading to the healing ministry of Jesus: ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’ We might even go further and say, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen anywhere.’ This was a unique moment in human history when, in this particular time and place, God became God-with-us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. The opening line of today’s responsorial psalm declares, ‘Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he wills.’ In Jesus, God was on earth and God’s will was being done through Jesus, on earth as in heaven. This indeed was something to be wondered at. Yet, according to the gospel reading, there were some, the experts in the Jewish Law, who held that Jesus’ healing ministry showed the power of Satan at work.
The revelation of God’s goodness was being interpreted as the working of supreme evil. It is hard to understand how some people could have got Jesus so wrong, yet it is a reminder to us all that our way of seeing can be extremely skewed. We sometimes see what is not there and fail to see what is there. We need to be open to the Spirit of God to recognise the working of God’s Spirit among us. As Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians, ‘No one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received … the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.’ Every day we are to invite the Spirit of God into our lives so that we can see more clearly the signs of God’s presence and activity all around us.
The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel Reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore