July 16, 2016


The Book of the Prophet Micah 2: 1-5

2:1 Woe to you who devise useless things and who work evil in your beds. In the morning light, they undertake it, because their hand is against God.
2:2 And they have desired fields and have taken them by violence, and they have stolen houses. And they have made false accusations against a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.
2:3 For this reason, thus says the Lord: Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which you will not steal away your necks. And you will not walk in arrogance, because this is a most wicked time.
2:4 In that day, a parable will be taken up about you, and a song will be sung with sweetness, saying: “We have been devastated by depopulation.” The fate of my people has been altered. How can he withdraw from me, when he might be turned back, he who might tear apart our country?
2:5 Because of this, there will be for you no casting of the cord of fate in the assembly of the Lord.


The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 12: 14-21

12:14 Then the Pharisees, departing, took council against him, as to how they might destroy him.
12:15 But Jesus, knowing this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he cured them all.
12:16 And he instructed them, lest they make him known.
12:17 Then what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled, saying:
12:18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased. I will place my Spirit over him, and he shall announce judgment to the nations.
12:19 He shall not contend, nor cry out, neither shall anyone hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 He shall not crush the bruised reed, and he shall not extinguish the smoking wick, until he sends forth judgment unto victory.
12:21 And the Gentiles shall hope in his name.”