✍️Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 395 Reading 1 Mi 6:1-4, 6-8 Hear what the LORD says:Arise, present your plea before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice!Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD,pay attention, O foundations of the earth!
✍️For the LORD has a plea against his people,and he enters into trial with Israel.O my people, what have I done to you,or how have I wearied you? Answer me!For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,from the place of slavery I released you;and I sent before you Moses,Aaron, and Miriam.
✍️With what shall I come before the LORD,and bow before God most high?Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,with calves a year old?Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,with myriad streams of oil?Shall I give my first-born for my crime,the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?You have been told, O man, what is good,and what the LORD requires of you:Only to do the right and to love goodness,and to walk humbly with your God.
Responsorial Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.“Gather my faithful ones before me,those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”And the heavens proclaim his justice;for God himself is the judge.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,for your burnt offerings are before me always.I take from your house no bullock,no goats out of your fold.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.“Why do you recite my statutes,and profess my covenant with your mouth,Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?Or do you think that I am like yourself?I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
Alleluia Ps 95:8
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 12:38-42
✍️Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”He said to them in reply,“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earththree days and three nights.
✍️At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah;and there is something greater than Jonah here.
✍️At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon;and there is something greater than Solomon here.”
✍️This is the fourth time in three weeks the Church has proclaimed to us the words: "You hate discipline." We live in a pleasure-seeking, play today, pay tomorrow society. So many in our society are unable to exercise discipline in the areas of sexual self-control, financial restraint, and diet. We are not disciplined in taking custody of our eyes (Jb 31:1), our thoughts and fantasies (2 Cor 10:5), what our mouths say (Jas 3:5ff), and what we eat (Phil 3:19). Yet these are only symptoms of a greater hate of discipline and lack of discipline. The psalmist specifically associates the hating of discipline with casting God's words behind us (Ps 50:17).
✍️If you can't control your appetite, examine how much time you read the Bible. If you are chained to sexual sin, check how much time you spend reading Scripture. Is your budget out of control? How much time do you spend reading the Bible? Discipline begins with humbling yourself to tremble before the Word of God (Is 66:2).
✍️Soldiers and athletes accept discipline. A soldier wants to please his or her commander and so avoids getting entangled in the things of the world (2 Tm 2:4). Athletes show discipline by denying themselves many things (1 Cor 9:25). Let us likewise discipline our bodies and souls and master them, for fear that we may ourselves otherwise be rejected (1 Cor 9:27)
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