Tue 19 July

Tue 19 July

Tuesday of week 16 in Ordinary Time

First reading

Micah 7:14-15,18-20

Have pity on us one more time

With shepherd’s crook, O Lord, lead your people to pasture,
the flock that is your heritage,
living confined in a forest
with meadow land all around.
Let them pasture in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out of Egypt
grant us to see wonders.

What god can compare with you: taking fault away,
pardoning crime,
not cherishing anger for ever
but delighting in showing mercy?
Once more have pity on us,
tread down our faults,
to the bottom of the sea
throw all our sins.
Grant Jacob your faithfulness,
and Abraham your mercy,
as you swore to our fathers
from the days of long ago.

Psalm or canticle

Psalm 84(85):2-8

O Lord, you once favoured your land
 and revived the fortunes of Jacob,
you forgave the guilt of your people
 and covered all their sins.
You averted all your rage,
 you calmed the heat of your anger.

Revive us now, God, our helper!
 Put an end to your grievance against us.
Will you be angry with us for ever,
 will your anger never cease?

Will you not restore again our life
 that your people may rejoice in you?
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
 and give us your saving help.


Matthew 12:46-50

My mother and my brothers are anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven

Jesus was speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’ And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.’

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