DAILY MASS READINGS (July 17, 2018)

TUESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (ISAIAH 7:1-9)

In the days of Ahaz, king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah,
Rezin, king of Aram,
and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah,
went up to attack Jerusalem,
but they were not able to conquer it.
When word came to the house of David that Aram
was encamped in Ephraim,
the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled,
as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz,
you and your son Shear-jashub,
at the end of the conduit of the upper pool,
on the highway of the fuller’s field, and say to him:
Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear;
let not your courage fail
before these two stumps of smoldering brands
the blazing anger of Rezin and the Arameans,
and of the son Remaliah,
because of the mischief that
Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah,
plots against you, saying,
“Let us go up and tear Judah asunder, make it our own by force,
and appoint the son of Tabeel king there.”

Thus says the LORD:
This shall not stand, it shall not be!
Damascus is the capital of Aram,
and Rezin is the head of Damascus;
Samaria is the capital of Ephraim,
and Remaliah’s son the head of Samaria.

But within sixty years and five,
Ephraim shall be crushed, no longer a nation.
Unless your faith is firm
you shall not be firm!

 

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 48:2-3A, 3B-4, 5-6, 7-8)

R. (see 9d) God upholds his city for ever.
Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
For lo! the kings assemble,
they come on together;
They also see, and at once are stunned,
terrified, routed.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
Quaking seizes them there;
anguish, like a woman’s in labor,
As though a wind from the east
were shattering ships of Tarshish.
R. God upholds his city for ever.

Alleluia (PSALM 95:8)

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

Gospel (MATTHEW 11:20-24)

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the nether world.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Reflection: The First Reading tells us the story when the nations of Aram, Ephraim, and others attempt to conquer Judah, and Ahaz was in tremble. Then the Lord’s word spoke through Isaiah that he will not let the nation tremble in fear, for he will give them courage. God’s presence assures them of their victory against the forces that wanted to crush the people of Judah, and those forces will eventually lose the battle. The Gospel tells us of Jesus’s reproaches towards the towns of Chorazin, Beithsaida, and Capernaum. It’s because they have not recognize the message of God’s salvation fulfilled in him, especially in his mighty and kind deeds. Likewise in our life, there are times we don’t recognize and obey God’s message for us. We tend to look at ourselves and our achievements more important than what spiritual matters provide and enable us to live. Let us once again hear the Lord’s voice, put our faith in him above all things, endure our trials in life, and become committed Christians towards one another.

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