August 11, 2016


Ezekiel 12: 1- 12

12:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
12:2 “Son of man, you live in the midst of a provoking house. They have eyes to see, and they do not see; and ears to hear, and they do not hear. For they are a provoking house.
12:3 As for you, then, son of man, prepare for yourself the supplies for traveling far away, and travel away in the daytime in their sight. And you shall travel from your place to another place in their sight, so that perhaps they may consider it. For they are a provoking house.
12:4 And you shall carry your supplies outside, like the supplies of one who is traveling far away, in the daytime in their sight. Then you shall go forth in the evening in their presence, just as one goes forth who is moving far away.
12:5 Dig for yourself through the wall, before their eyes. And you shall go out through it.
12:6 In their sight, you shall be carried on shoulders, you shall be carried in the dark. You shall cover your face, and you shall not see the ground. For I have appointed you as a portent for the house of Israel.”
12:7 Therefore, I did just as he had instructed me. I brought out my supplies in the daytime, like the supplies of one who is moving far away. And in the evening, I dug myself through the wall by hand. And I went out in the dark, and I was carried on shoulders, in their sight.
12:8 And the word of the Lord came to me, in the morning, saying:
12:9 “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the provoking house, said to you: ‘What are you doing?’
12:10 Say to them: Thus says the Lord God: This is the burden concerning my leader who is in Jerusalem, and concerning the entire house of Israel, who are in their midst.
12:11 Say: I am your portent. Just as I have done, so shall it be done to them. They will be taken captive and moved far away.
12:12 And the leader who is in their midst will be carried on shoulders; he will go forth in darkness. They will dig through the wall, so that they may lead him away. His face will be covered, so that he may not see the land with his eye.

Matthew 18: 21- 19: 1

18:21 Then Peter, drawing near to him, said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Even seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy times seven times.
18:23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take account of his servants.
18:24 And when he had begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
18:25 But since he did not have any way to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children, and all that he had, in order to repay it.
18:26 But that servant, falling prostrate, begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:27 Then the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him, and he forgave his debt.
18:28 But when that servant departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’
18:29 And his fellow servant, falling prostrate, petitioned him, saying: ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:30 But he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to prison, until he would repay the debt.
18:31 Now his fellow servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and they went and reported to their lord all that was done.
18:32 Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all your debt, because you pleaded with me.
18:33 Therefore, should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’
18:34 And his lord, being angry, handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire debt.
18:35 So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if each one of you will not forgive his brother from your hearts.”

19:1 And it happened that, when Jesus had completed these words, he moved away from Galilee, and he arrived within the borders of Judea, across the Jordan.