Readings from Tuesday. 15 Week Ordinary Time. Cycle B. July 17, 2012
Reading the letter from the prophetIsaiah (7: 1-9
)”If you disbelieve, not survive “Ahaz reigned in Judah, son of Yotán, son of Uzziah. Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, son of Romelia king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to attack, but failed to conquer it. Word came to the heir of David, “The Syrian camp in Ephraim.” And his heart was stirred and the people, as the forest trees waving in the wind. Then the Lord said to Isaiah: “Come out to meet Ahaz, your son Shear-Jashub, towards the end of the channel of the top pool, next to the Causeway Tanner, and tell him:” Monitoring and calm! Fear not daunted these two smoldering stubs, the burning wrath of Rezin and Syria and the son of Romelia. Although hatch your ruin, saying, ‘Let us go up against Judah, rounding, seize on it, and will name it Tabeel king’s son.’Thus says the Lord: Do not be fulfilled or will happen: Damascus is the capital of Syria, and Rasin, captain of Damascus, Samaria is the capital of Ephraim, and the son of Romelia, captain of Samaria. In five or six years, Ephraim, destroyed, will be a people. If you disbelieve, not survive.
Word of God.
Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 47
“God has founded his city forever
.”Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, the holy mountain, beautiful height, joy of all the earth.
Mount Zion, apex of the sky, city of the great king in his palace, God stands out as a fortresss.
Behold the kings joined forces to attack together, but, seeing her, they were terrified and fled.
There, he grabbed a trembling and labor-like pains, like a desert wind that shatters the ships of Tarshish.
Alleluia, alleluia. Thomas, you believe because I’ve seen, says the Lord, blessed are those who believe without seeing me. Hallelujah.
Gospel† From the GospelSt. Matthew 11, 20-24
Glory to you, Lord.
“The day of judgment will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon and Sodom than for you “At that time Jesus began to reproach the cities where he had made almost all his miracles, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you, Bethsaida! If in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the miracles that you, long ago would have become covered with sackcloth and ashes. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, do you think climbing the sky? will go down into the abyss . For if in Sodom had been wrought the miracles that you would have lasted until today. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Sodom than for you. “
Word of the Lord.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus
The Bible shows us how the relationship between God and his people is governed by an alliance or pact. The purpose of this alliance is to create conditions religious, political and social opportunity for a full life. Like any alliance has some requirements whose violation would lead to disaster. The role of prophets is to help people to be aware of the implications of these requirements, so always ensure compliance with this covenant. Along with this offer of salvation is the threat of foreclosure. The call that Jesus makes is part of the prophetic tradition that channels the people in the ways of salvation. The prophetic signs of healing and exorcism by Jesus whose function is to show the power that God has to save his people, but also the inevitable judgment that comes when not assume the conditions of justice and freedom that this partnership requires. Miracles are not only spectacular actions, but authentic prophetic signs that call for the conversion. – What does Jesus call us today and how we understand the dynamics of salvation and judgment in our own history?