Reading I

 

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (Is 10:5-7, 13B-16)

 

Thus says the LORD:

Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,

my staff in wrath.

Against an impious nation I send him,

and against a people under my wrath, I order him

To seize plunder, carry off loot,

and tread them down like the mud of the streets.

But this is not what he intends,

nor does he have this in mind;

Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,

to make an end of nations not a few. For he says:

“By my own power I have done it,

and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.

I have moved the boundaries of peoples,

their treasures I have pillaged,

and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.

My hand has seized like a nest

the riches of nations;

As one takes eggs left alone,

So, I took in all the earth;

No one fluttered a wing,

or opened a mouth, or chirped!” Will the axe boast against him who hews with it?

Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?

As if a rod could sway him who lifts it,

or a staff him who is not wood!

Therefore, the Lord, the LORD of hosts,

will send among his fat ones leanness,

And instead of his glory there will be kindling

like the kindling of fire.

 

Responsorial Psalm (Ps 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15)

  1. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.

Your people, O LORD, they trample down,

your inheritance they afflict.

Widow and stranger they slay,

the fatherless they murder.

  1. The Lord will not abandon his people.

And they say, “The LORD sees not;

the God of Jacob perceives not.”

Understand, you senseless ones among the people;

and, you fools, when will you be wise?

  1. The Lord will not abandon his people.

Shall he who shaped the ear not hear?

or he who formed the eye not see?

Shall he who instructs nations not chastise,

he who teaches men knowledge?

  1. The Lord will not abandon his people.

For the LORD will not cast off his people,

nor abandon his inheritance;

But judgment shall again be with justice,

and all the upright of heart shall follow it.

  1. The Lord will not abandon his people.

 

Alleluia (Mt 11:25)

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 11:25-27)

 

At that time Jesus exclaimed:

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

All things have been handed over to me by my Father.

No one knows the Son except the Father,

and no one knows the Father except the Son

and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

 

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

In the first place, Jesus praises the Father because he has kept the secrets of his Kingdom, of his truth, hidden “from the wise and understanding” (v. 25). He calls them so with a veil of irony because they presume to be wise, understanding, and therefore, very often, have a closed heart. True wisdom also comes from the heart. It is not only a matter of understanding ideas: true wisdom also enters the heart. And if you know many things but have a closed heart, you are not wise. Jesus tells them that his Father’s mysteries are revealed to the “little ones”, to those who confidently open themselves to his Word of salvation, who open their heart to the Word of salvation, who feel the need for him and await everything from him. The heart that is open and trustful towards the Lord. (Angelus, 5 July 2020)