29 July 2014 – Tuesday

Reading 1, Jeremiah 14:17-22
17 Speak to them this word: Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, Over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound.
18 If I walk out into the field, look! those slain by the sword; If I enter the city, look! those consumed by hunger. Even the prophet and the priest forage in a land they know not.
19 Have you cast Judah off completely? Is Zion loathsome to you? Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed? We wait for peace, to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
20 We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness, the guilt of our fathers; that we have sinned against you.
21 For your name’s sake spurn us not, disgrace not the throne of your glory; remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
22 Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain? Or can the mere heavens send showers? Is it not you alone, O LORD, our God, to whom we look? You alone have done all these things.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13
8 Do not hold past iniquities against us; may your compassion come quickly, for we have been brought very low.
9 Help us, God our savior, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, pardon our sins for your name’s sake.
11 Let the groans of prisoners come before you; by your great power free those doomed to death.
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; through all ages we will declare your praise.
Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 (But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
24 Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

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