12th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday, Year II

FIRST READING            2 Kings 25:1-12
In the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month,
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and laid siege to it;
they built siegeworks against it all around.
So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine became so severe in the city
that there was no food for the people of the land.
Then a breach was made in the city wall;
the king with all the soldiers fled by night
by the way of the gate between the two walls,
by the king’s garden,
though the Chaldeans were all around the city.
They went in the direction of the Arabah.
But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king,
and overtook him in the plains of Jericho;
all his army was scattered, deserting him.
Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah,
who passed sentence on him.
They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes,
then put out the eyes of Zedekiah;
they bound him in fetters and took him to Babylon.

In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month —
which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon —
Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard,
a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house,
and all the houses of Jerusalem;
every great house he burned down.
All the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard
broke down the walls around Jerusalem.
Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile
the rest of the people who were left in the city
and the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon —
all the rest of the population.
But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest people of the land
to be vinedressers and tillers of the soil.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM           137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Adhaereat lingua mea faucibus meis, si non meminero tui!

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept
when we remembered Zion.
As for our harps we hung them up
upon the trees that are in that land.
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
For there those who led us away captive
required of us a song
and those who had despoiled us demanded mirth, saying
‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
How can we sing the Lord’s song
in a strange land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem
let my right hand forget its mastery.
R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not prefer Jerusalem
above my chief joy. R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

ALLELUIA          Mt 8:17
Christus infirmitates nostras accepit, et aegrotationes nostras portavit.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

GOSPEL          Matthew 8:1-4
When Jesus had come down from the mountain,
great crowds followed him;
and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying,
“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”
He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying,
“I do choose. Be made clean!”
Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Then Jesus said to him,
“See that you say nothing to anyone;
but go, show yourself to the priest,
and offer the gift that Moses commanded,
as a testimony to them.”

Readings from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Psalm text from the Alternative Service Book Liturgical Psalter, 1980.


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