Readings

Readings

First Reading
Am 8:4-6, 9-12

I will send famine upon the land: not a famine of bread or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the LORD.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy
   and destroy the poor of the land!
“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,
   “that we may sell our grain,
   and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?
We will diminish the containers for measuring,
   add to the weights,
   and fix our scales for cheating!
We will buy the lowly man for silver,
   and the poor man for a pair of sandals;
   even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”

On that day, says the Lord GOD,
   I will make the sun set at midday
   and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight.
I will turn your feasts into mourning
   and all your songs into lamentations.
I will cover the loins of all with sackcloth
   and make every head bald.
I will make them mourn as for an only son,
   and bring their day to a bitter end.

Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD,
   when I will send famine upon the land:
Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water,
   but for hearing the word of the LORD.
Then shall they wander from sea to sea
   and rove from the north to the east
In search of the word of the LORD,
   but they shall not find it.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131

R. :

℟. (Matthew 4:4) One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
   who seek him with all their heart.

℟. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

With all my heart I seek you;
   let me not stray from your commands.

℟. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

My soul is consumed with longing
   for your ordinances at all times.

v. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

The way of truth I have chosen;
   I have set your ordinances before me.

℟. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Behold, I long for your precepts;
   in your justice give me life.

℟. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

I gasp with open mouth
   in my yearning for your commands.

℟. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.


Acclamation before the Gospel
Mt 11:28

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 9:9-13

Those who are well do not need a physician. I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

As Jesus passed by,
   he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
   many tax collectors and sinners came
   and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
   “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
   “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
   I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

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.

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