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Mon 2 July

Monday of week 13 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Amos 2:6-10,13-16

Because of your crimes I will crush you into the ground

The Lord says this:
For the three crimes, the four crimes, of Israel
I have made my decree and will not relent:
because they have sold the virtuous man for silver
and the poor man for a pair of sandals,
because they trample on the heads of ordinary people
and push the poor out of their path,
because father and son have both resorted to the same girl,
profaning my holy name,
because they stretch themselves out by the side of every altar
on clothes acquired as pledges,
and drink the wine of the people they have fined
in the house of their god...
Yet it was I who overthrew the Amorites when they attacked,
men tall as cedars and strong as oaks,
I who destroyed them,
both fruit above ground
and root below.
It was I who brought you out of the land of Egypt
and for forty years led you through the wilderness
to take possession of the Amorite’s country.
See then how I am going to crush you into the ground
as the threshing-sledge crushes when clogged by straw;
flight will not save even the swift,
the strong man will find his strength useless,
the mighty man will be powerless to save himself.
The bowman will not stand his ground,
the fast runner will not escape,
the horseman will not save himself,
the bravest warriors will run away naked that day.
It is the Lord who speaks.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 49(50):16-23

‘How can you recite my commandments
 and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
 and throw my words to the winds?

‘You who see a thief and go with him;
 who throw in your lot with adulterers,
who unbridle your mouth for evil
 and whose tongue is plotting crime.

‘You who sit and malign your brother
 and slander your own mother’s son.
You do this, and should I keep silence?
 Do you think that I am like you?

‘Mark this, you who never think of God,
 lest I seize you and you cannot escape;
a sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
 and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.’

Gospel

Matthew 8:18-22

The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head

When Jesus saw the great crowds all about him he gave orders to leave for the other side. One of the scribes then came up and said to him, ‘Master, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, ‘Sir, let me go and bury my father first.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Sun 1 July

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24

God takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living

Death was not God’s doing,
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be – for this he created all;
the world’s created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.

Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 29(30):2,4-6,11-13

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
 and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
 restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.

Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
 give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life.
 At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.

The Lord listened and had pity.
 The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing:
 O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.

Second reading

2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15

The Lord Jesus became poor for your sake, to make you rich

You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.

Gospel

Mark 5:21-43+

Little girl, I tell you to get up

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the

Sat 30 June

Saturday of week 12 in Ordinary Time, or The First Martyrs of the See of Rome , or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

Lamentations 2:2,10-14,18-19

Cry aloud to the Lord, daughter of Zion

Beth
The Lord has pitilessly destroyed
 all the homes of Jacob;
in his displeasure he has shattered
 the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has thrown to the ground,
 he has left accursed the kingdom and its rulers.

Yod
Mutely they sit on the ground,
 the elders of the daughter of Zion;
they have put dust on their heads,
 and wrapped themselves in sackcloth.
The virgins of Jerusalem hang their heads
 down to the ground.

Kaph
My eyes wasted away with weeping,
 my entrails shuddered,
my liver spilled on the ground
 at the ruin of the daughters of my people,
as children, mere infants, fainted
 in the squares of the Citadel.

Lamed
They kept saying to their mothers,
 ‘Where is the bread?’
as they fainted like wounded men
 in the squares of the City,
as they poured out their souls
 on their mothers’ breasts.

Mem
How can I describe you, to what compare you,
 daughter of Jerusalem?
Who can rescue and comfort you,
 virgin daughter of Zion?
For huge as the sea is your affliction;
 who can possibly cure you?

Nun
The visions your prophets had on your behalf
 were delusive, tinsel things,
they never pointed out your sin,
 to ward off your exile.
The visions they proffered you were false,
 fallacious, misleading.

Sade
Cry aloud, then, to the Lord,
 groan, daughter of Zion;
let your tears flow like a torrent,
 day and night;
give yourself no relief,
 grant your eyes no rest.

Qoph
Up, cry out in the night-time,
 in the early hours of darkness;
pour your heart out like water
 before the Lord.
Stretch out your hands to him
 for the lives of your children
who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 73(74):1-7,20-21

Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever?
 Why blaze with anger at the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your people whom you chose long ago,
 the tribe you redeemed to be your own possession,
 the mountain of Zion where you made your dwelling.

Turn your steps to these places that are utterly ruined!
 The enemy has laid waste the whole of the sanctuary.
Your foes have made uproar in your house of prayer:
 they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems,
 high above the entrance to the sanctuary.

Their axes have battered the wood of its doors.
 They have struck together with hatchet and pickaxe.
O God, they have set your sanctuary on fire:
 they have razed and profaned the place where you dwell.

Remember your covenant; every cave in the land
 is a place where violence makes its home.
Do not let the oppressed return disappointed;
 let the poor and the needy bless your name.

Gospel

Matthew 8:5-17

'I am not worthy to have you under my roof: give the word, and my servant will be healed'

When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion ca

Fri 29 June

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

First reading

Acts 12:1-11

'Now I know the Lord really did save me from Herod'

King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly.
On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of one street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 33(34):2-9

I will bless the Lord at all times,
 his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
 The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me.
 Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
 from all my terrors he set me free.

Look towards him and be radiant;
 let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called, the Lord heard him
 and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped
 around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
 He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Second reading

2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18

All there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me

My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.
The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel

Matthew 16:13-19

You are Peter and on this rock I

Thu 28 June

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr

First reading

2 Timothy 2:22-26

A servant of the Lord has to be kind to everyone and gentle when he corrects peopls

Fasten your attention on holiness, faith, love and peace, in union with all those who call on the Lord with pure minds. Avoid these futile and silly speculations, understanding that they only give rise to quarrels; and a servant of the Lord is not to engage in quarrels, but has to be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient. He has to be gentle when he corrects people who dispute what he says, never forgetting that God may give them a change of mind so that they recognise the truth and come to their senses, once out of the trap where the devil caught them and kept them enslaved.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 36(37):3-6,30-31

If you trust in the Lord and do good,
 then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord,
 he will grant your heart’s desire.

Commit your life to the Lord,
 trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
 your cause like the noon-day sun.

The just man’s mouth utters wisdom
 and his lips speak what is right;
the law of his God is in his heart,
 his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

Gospel

John 17:20-26

Father, may they be completely one

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
‘Holy Father,
I pray not only for these,
but for those also
who through their words will believe in me.
May they all be one.
Father, may they be one in us,
as you are in me and I am in you,
so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
I have given them the glory you gave to me,
that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me,
may they be so completely one
that the world will realise that it was you who sent me
and that I have loved them as much as you loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me
to be with me where I am,
so that they may always see the glory you have given me
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Father, Righteous One,
the world has not known you,
but I have known you,
and these have known that you have sent me.
I have made your name known to them
and will continue to make it known,
so that the love with which you loved me may be in them,
and so that I may be in them.’


This site copyright © 1996-2018 Universalis Publishing Ltd.

Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Wed 27 June

Wednesday of week 12 in Ordinary Time, or Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor

First reading

2 Kings 22:8-13,23:1-3

The Book of the Law is found in the Temple of the Lord

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of the Lord.’’’ And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him as follows, ‘Your servants’ he said ‘have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of the Lord.’ Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book’; and Shaphan read it aloud in the king’s presence.
On hearing the contents of the Book of the Law, the king tore his garments, and gave the following order to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s minister: ‘Go and consult the Lord, on behalf of me and the people, about the contents of this book that has been found. Great indeed must be the anger of the Lord blazing out against us because our ancestors did not obey what this book says by practising everything written in it.’
The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned to him, and the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, priests, prophets and all the people, of high or low degree. In their hearing he read out everything that was said in the book of the covenant found in the Temple of the Lord. The king stood beside the pillar, and in the presence of the Lord he made a covenant to follow the Lord and keep his commandments and decrees and laws with all his heart and soul, in order to enforce the terms of the covenant as written in that book. All the people gave their allegiance to the covenant.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 118(119):33-37,40

Teach me the demands of your statutes
 and I will keep them to the end.
Train me to observe your law,
 to keep it with my heart.

Guide me in the path of your commands;
 for there is my delight.
Bend my heart to your will
 and not to love of gain.

Keep my eyes from what is false;
 by your word, give me life.
See, I long for your precepts;
 then in your justice, give me life.

Gospel

Matthew 7:15-20

You will be able to tell them by their fruits

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.’


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Tue 26 June

Tuesday of week 12 in Ordinary Time

First reading

2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36

The Lord protects Jerusalem from Sennacherib and the Assyrians

Sennacherib, King of the Assyrians, sent messengers to Hezekiah saying, ‘Tell this to Hezekiah king of Judah, “Do not let your God on whom you are relying deceive you, when he says: Jerusalem shall not fall into the power of the king of Assyria. You have learnt by now what the kings of Assyria have done to every country, putting them all under the ban. Are you likely to be spared?’
Hezekiah took the letter from the hands of the messenger and read it; he then went up to the Temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. Hezekiah said this prayer in the presence of the Lord, ‘O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, enthroned on the cherubs, you alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth, you have made heaven and earth.
‘Give ear, Lord, and listen.
Open your eyes, Lord, and see.
Hear the words of Sennacherib
who has sent to insult the living God.

‘It is true, O Lord, that the kings of Assyria have exterminated all the nations, they have thrown their gods on the fire, for these were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, and hence they have destroyed them. But now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, I pray you, and let all the kingdoms of the earth know that you alone are God, the Lord.’
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah. ‘The Lord, the God of Israel,’ he said, ‘says this, “I have heard the prayer you have addressed to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria.” Here is the oracle that the Lord has pronounced against him:
‘“She despises you, she scorns you,
the virgin, daughter of Zion;
she tosses her head behind you,
the daughter of Jerusalem.”
‘This, then, is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:
‘“He will not enter this city,
he will let fly no arrow against it,
confront it with no shield,
throw up no earthwork against it.
By the road that he came on he will return;
he shall not enter this city. It is the Lord who speaks.
I will protect this city and save it
for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”’

That same night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. Sennacherib struck camp and left; he returned home and stayed in Nineveh.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 47(48):2-4,10-11

The Lord is great and worthy to be praised
 in the city of our God.
His holy mountain rises in beauty,
 the joy of all the earth.

Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,
 the Great King’s city!
God, in the midst of its citadels,
 has shown himself its stronghold.

O God, we ponder your love
 within your temple.
Your praise, O God, like your name
 reaches the ends of the earth.

Gospel

Matthew 7:6,12-14

Treat others as you would like them to treat you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls in front of pigs, or they may trample them and then turn on you and tear you to pieces.
‘So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.
‘Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to perdition is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow g

Mon 25 June

Monday of week 12 in Ordinary Time

First reading

2 Kings 17:5-8,13-15,18

There was none left, but the tribe of Judah only

The king of Assyria invaded the whole country and, coming to Samaria, laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah on the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
This happened because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods, they followed the practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed for them.
And yet through all the prophets and all the seers, the Lord had given Israel and Judah this warning, ‘Turn from your wicked ways and keep my commandments and my laws in accordance with the entire Law I laid down for your fathers and delivered to them through my servants the prophets.’ But they would not listen, they were more stubborn than their ancestors had been who had no faith in the Lord their God. They despised his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and the warnings he had given them. They pursued emptiness, and themselves became empty through copying the nations round them although the Lord had ordered them not to act as they did. For this, the Lord was enraged with Israel and thrust them away from him. There was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 59(60):3-5,12-13

O God, you have rejected us and broken us.
 You have been angry; come back to us.

You have made the earth quake, torn it open.
 Repair what is shattered for it sways.
You have inflicted hardships on your people
 and made us drink a wine that dazed us.

Will you utterly reject us, O God,
 and no longer march with our armies?
Give us help against the foe:
 for the help of man is vain.

Gospel

Matthew 7:1-5

Do not judge, and you will not be judged

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgements you give are the judgements you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.’


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Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.

Sun 24 June

The Birthday of Saint John the Baptist

First reading

Isaiah 49:1-6

I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth

Islands, listen to me,
pay attention, remotest peoples.
The Lord called me before I was born,
from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.

He made my mouth a sharp sword,
and hid me in the shadow of his hand.
He made me into a sharpened arrow,
and concealed me in his quiver.

He said to me, ‘You are my servant (Israel)
in whom I shall be glorified’;
while I was thinking, ‘I have toiled in vain,
I have exhausted myself for nothing’;

and all the while my cause was with the Lord,
my reward with my God.
I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord,
my God was my strength.

And now the Lord has spoken,
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
to gather Israel to him:

‘It is not enough for you to be my servant,
to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;
I will make you the light of the nations
so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 138(139):1-3,13-15

O Lord, you search me and you know me,
 you know my resting and my rising,
 you discern my purpose from afar.
You mark when I walk or lie down,
 all my ways lie open to you.

For it was you who created my being,
 knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being,
 for the wonders of all your creation.

Already you knew my soul,
 my body held no secret from you
when I was being fashioned in secret
 and moulded in the depths of the earth.

Second reading

Acts 13:22-26

Jesus, whose coming was heralded by John

Paul said: ‘God deposed Saul and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”
‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you.’

Gospel

Luke 1:57-66,80

'His name is John'

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.
Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name’, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech return

Sat 23 June

Saturday of week 11 in Ordinary Time, or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First reading

2 Chronicles 24:17-25

'You have deserted the Lord: now he deserts you'

After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came to pay court to the king, and the king now turned to them for advice. The Judaeans abandoned the Temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, for the worship of sacred poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger fell on Judah and Jerusalem. He sent them prophets to bring them back to the Lord, but when these gave their message, they would not listen. The spirit of God took possession of Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said, ‘God says this, “Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord to no good purpose? You have deserted the Lord, now he deserts you.”’ They then plotted against him and by order of the king stoned him in the court of the Temple of the Lord. King Joash, forgetful of the kindness that Jehoiada, the father of Zechariah, had shown him, killed Jehoiada’s son who cried out as he died, ‘The Lord sees and he will avenge!’
When a year had gone by, the Aramaean army made war on Joash. They reached Judah and Jerusalem, and executed all the officials among the people, sending back to the king at Damascus all that they had plundered from them. Though the Aramaean army had by no means come in force, the Lord delivered into its power an army of great size for having deserted him, the God of their ancestors.
The Aramaeans treated Joash as he had deserved, and when they retired they left him a very sick man; and his officers, plotting against him to avenge the death of the son of Jehoiada the priest, murdered him in his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the Citadel of David, though not in the tombs of the kings.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 88(89):4-5,29-34

‘With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
 I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever
 and set up your throne through all ages.

‘I will keep my love for him always;
 with him my covenant shall last.
I will establish his dynasty for ever,
 make his throne endure as the heavens.

‘If his sons forsake my law
 and refuse to walk as I decree
and if ever they violate my statutes,
 refusing to keep my commands;
then I will punish their offences with the rod,
 then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.

‘But I will never take back my love,
 my truth will never fail.’

Gospel

Matthew 6:24-34

Do not worry about tomorrow: your holy Father knows your needs

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.
‘That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; th

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