August 4, 2020

The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah   30: 1-2,12-15, 18-22

30:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
30:2“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: You shall write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.
30:12For thus says the Lord: “Your fracture is incurable; your wound is very serious.
30:13There is no one who may judge your judgment, so as to bandage it; there is no useful treatment for you.
30:14All your lovers have forgotten you, and they will not seek you. For I have wounded you with the strike of an enemy, with a cruel chastisement. Your sins have become hardened because of the multitude of your iniquities.
30:15Why do you cry out over your affliction? Your pain is incurable. I have done these things to you because of the multitude of your iniquity and because of your hardened sins.
30:18Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will turn back the turning away of the tabernacles of Jacob, and I will take pity on his roofs. And the city will be built up in her heights, and the temple will be founded according to its order.
30:19And praise will go forth from them, with the voice of those who play. And I will multiply them, and they will not be lessened. And I will glorify them, and they will not be weakened.
30:20And their sons will be as in the beginning. And their assembly will remain in my sight. And I will visit against all those who trouble them.
30:21And their ruler will one of their own. And their prince will be led forward from their midst. And I will draw him near, and he will cling to me. For who is the one who applies his heart, so that he may draw near to me, says the Lord?
30:22And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

Matthew 15: 1- 2, 10- 14

15:1Then the scribes and the Pharisees came to him from Jerusalem, saying:
15:2“Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
15:10And having called the multitudes to him, he said to them: “Listen and understand.
15:11A man is not defiled by what enters into the mouth, but by what proceeds from the mouth. This is what defiles a man.”
15:12Then his disciples drew near and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees, upon hearing this word, were offended?”
15:13But in response he said: “Every plant which has not been planted by my heavenly Father shall be uprooted.
15:14Leave them alone. They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.”