Ordinary Weekday / Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr
First Reading: Genesis 32: 23-33
23 And rising early he took his two wives, and his two handmaids, with his eleven sons, and passed over the ford of Jaboc.
24 And when all things were brought over that belonged to him,
25 He remained alone: and behold a man wrestled with him till morning.
26 And when he saw that he could not overcome him, he touched the sinew of his thigh, and forthwith it shrank.
27 And he said to him: Let me go, for it is break of day. He answered: I will not let thee go except thou bless me.
28 And he said: What is thy name? He answered: Jacob.
29 But he said: Thy name shall not be called Jacob, but Israel: for if thou hast been strong against God, how much more shalt thou prevail against men?
30 Jacob asked him, Tell me by what name art thou called? He answered: Why dost thou ask my name? And he blessed him in the same place.
31 And Jacob called the name of the place Phanuel, saying: I have seen God face to face, and my soul has been saved.
32 And immediately the sun rose upon him, after he was past Phanuel; but he halted on his foot.
33 Therefore the children of Israel, unto this day, eat not the sinew, that shrank in Jacob’s thigh: because he touched the sinew of his thigh and it shrank.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 17: 1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15
1 The prayer of David. Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which proceedeth not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: let thy eyes behold the things that are equitable.
3 Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.
6 I have cried to thee, for thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline thy ear unto me, and hear my words.
7 shew forth thy wonderful mercies; thou who savest them that trust in thee.
8 From them that resist thy right hand keep me, as the apple of thy eye. Protect me under the shadow of thy wings.
15 But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: I shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.
Gospel: Matthew 9: 32-38
32 And when they were gone out, behold they brought him a dumb man, possessed with a devil.
33 And after the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke, and the multitudes wondered, saying, Never was the like seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, By the prince of devils he casteth out devils.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities, and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease, and every infirmity.
36 And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
37 Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.