Saturday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 20, 2019

First Reading: Exodus 12:37-42

37 And the people of Israel journeyed from Ram’eses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very many cattle, both flocks and herds. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any provisions. 40 The time that the people of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, on that very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It was a night of watching by the LORD, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the LORD by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.

Psalm: 136:1, 23-24, 10-15

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever. 10 to him who smote the first-born of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 11 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 13 to him who divided the Red Sea in sunder, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures for ever; 24 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Gospel: Matthew 12:14-21

14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him. 15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all, 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets; 20 he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory; 21 and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”

Reflection for the day: “The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.” — St. Pio of Pietrelcina

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