Reading I

 

A reading from the Book of the prophet Amos (Am 8:4-6, 9-12)

 

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy

and destroy the poor of the land!

“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,

“that we may sell our grain,

and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?”

We will diminish the containers for measuring,

add to the weights,

and fix our scales for cheating!

We will buy the lowly man for silver,

and the poor man for a pair of sandals;

even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”

 

On that day, says the Lord GOD,

I will make the sun set at midday

and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight.

I will turn your feasts into mourning

and all your songs into lamentations.

I will cover the loins of all with sackcloth

and make every head bald.

I will make them mourn as for an only son,

and bring their day to a bitter end.

 

Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD,

when I will send famine upon the land:

Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water,

but for hearing the word of the LORD.

Then shall they wander from sea to sea

and rove from the north to the east

In search of the word of the LORD,

but they shall not find it.

 

Responsorial Psalm (119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131)

(Matthew 4:4) One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Blessed are they who observe his decrees,

who seek him with all their heart.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

With all my heart I seek you;

let me not stray from your commands.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

My soul is consumed with longing

for your ordinances at all times.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

The way of truth I have chosen;

I have set your ordinances before me.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Behold, I long for your precepts;

in your justice give me life.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

I gasp with open mouth

in my yearning for your commands.

  1. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

 

 

Alleluia (Mt 11:28)

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest, says the Lord.

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 9:9-13)

 

As Jesus passed by,

he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.

He said to him, “Follow me.”

And he got up and followed him.

While he was at table in his house,

many tax collectors and sinners came

and sat with Jesus and his disciples.

The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,

“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

He heard this and said,

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.

Go and learn the meaning of the words,

I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

 

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

This is the first condition of salvation: feeling oneself in danger. It is the first condition of healing: feeling sick. Feeling sinful is the first condition of receiving this gaze of mercy. But let us think of the look of Jesus, so beautiful, so good, so merciful. And we, too, when we pray, we feel this look upon us; it is the look of love, the gaze of mercy, the gaze that saves us. Do not be afraid. (Santa Marta, 21 Sept 2017)