Readings: Saturday, August 13, 2016

First Reading

First Reading: Hab 1:12-2:4

 

Are you not from eternity, O LORD,
 my holy God, immortal?
 O LORD, you have marked him for judgment,
 O Rock, you have readied him punishment!
 Too pure are your eyes to look upon evil,
 and the sight of misery you cannot endure.
 Why, then, do you gaze on the faithless in silence
 while the wicked man devours
 one more just than himself?
 You have made man like the fish of the sea,
 like creeping things without a ruler.
 He brings them all up with his hook,
 he hauls them away with his net,
 He gathers them in his seine;
 and so he rejoices and exults.
 Therefore he sacrifices to his net,
 and burns incense to his seine;
 for thanks to them his portion is generous,
 and his repast sumptuous.
 Shall he, then, keep on brandishing his sword
 to slay peoples without mercy?
 
I will stand at my guard post,
 and station myself upon the rampart,
 And keep watch to see what he will say to me,
 and what answer he will give to my complaint.
 
Then the LORD answered me and said:
 Write down the vision
 Clearly upon the tablets,
 so that one can read it readily.
 For the vision still has its time,
 presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
 If it delays, wait for it,
 it will surely come, it will not be late.
 The rash man has no integrity;
 but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm

 

Responsorial Psalm: Dt 32:35-36,39-41

R./ It is I who deal death and give life.

Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
R./ It is I who deal death and give life.

“Learn then that I, I alone, am God,
and there is no god besides me.
It is I who bring both death and life,
I who inflict wounds and heal them.”
R./ It is I who deal death and give life.

and my hand shall lay hold of my quiver,
“With vengeance I will repay my foes
and requite those who hate me.”
R./ It is I who deal death and give life.

Holy Gospel

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:14-20

        A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, "Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state. He has often fallen into the fire and at other times into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him."

       
 Jesus replied, "You, faithless and evil people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me." And Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy was immediately healed.

       
 The disciples then gathered around Jesus and asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?" Jesus said to them, "Because you have little faith. I say to you: if only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible to you."