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Readings of the Day: Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday, 31 July 2021

Reading for the Day
Leviticus 25:1, 8-17

  • 1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
  • 8 "And you shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall be to you forty-nine years.
  • 9 Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land.
  • 10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family.
  • 11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; in it you shall neither sow, nor reap what grows of itself, nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines.
  • 12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat what it yields out of the field.
  • 13 "In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property.
  • 14 And if you sell to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.
  • 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years for crops he shall sell to you.
  • 16 If the years are many you shall increase the price, and if the years are few you shall diminish the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you.
    17 You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 7-8

Response: O God, let all the nations praise you!

  • 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, R
  • 2 that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations.
  • 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. R
  • 6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
  • 7 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him! R

Gospel for the Day
Matthew 14:1-12

  • 1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
  • 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
  • 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
  • 4 because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
  • 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
  • 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
  • 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
  • 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
  • 9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
  • 10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
  • 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
  • 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
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