Matthew 11: 20-24.
Reading 1 Ex 2: 1-15A.
certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, who conceived and bore a son. Seeing that
he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took a
papyrus basket, daubed it with bitumen and pitch, and putting the child in it, placed it among the
reeds on the river bank. His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to
him. Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids walked along the river
bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it. On opening it, she
looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and said, "It is one
of the Hebrews' children." Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call one of the
Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" "Yes, do so," she answered. So the maiden went and called
the child's own mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I
will repay you." The woman therefore took the child and nursed it. When the child grew, she brought
him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her son and called him Moses; for she said, "I drew
him out of the water." On one occasion, after Moses had grown up, when he visited his kinsmen and
witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen. Looking
about and seeing no one, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out
again, and now two Hebrews were fighting! So he asked the culprit, "Why are you striking your fellow
Hebrew?" But the culprit replied, "Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking
of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses became afraid and thought, "The affair must
certainly be known." Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death. But Moses
fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.
Psalm Ps 69: 3. 14. 30-31. 33-34.
(see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold; I have reached the watery depths; the flood overwhelms me.
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I pray to you, O LORD, for the time of
your favor, O God! In your great kindness answer me with your constant help.
R. Turn to the
Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I am afflicted and in pain; let your saving help, O
God, protect me; I will praise the name of God in song, and I will glorify him with
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
"See, you lowly
ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! For the LORD hears the poor, and his
own who are in bonds he spurns not."
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will
Gospel Matthew 11: 20-24.
Jesus began to reproach the towns where
most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to
you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they
would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for
Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum: Will you be exalted
to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been
done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for
the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."