First Reading: From the Book of First Kings 17:7-16
Vrs7 But after a while the stream dried up, for the country had had no rain.
Vrs8 And then the word of Yahweh came to him,
Vrs9 ‘Up and go to Zarephath in Sidonia, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you food.’
Vrs10 So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, ‘Please bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.’
Vrs11 She was on her way to fetch it when he called after her. ‘Please’, he said, ‘bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.’
Vrs12 ‘As Yahweh your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.’
Vrs13 But Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son.
Vrs14 For Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the earth.’
Vrs15 The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son.
Vrs16 The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as Yahweh had foretold through Elijah.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 4:2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Vrs2 Children of men, how long will you be heavy of heart, why love what is vain and chase after illusions?
Vrs3 Realise that Yahweh performs wonders for his faithful, Yahweh listens when I call to him.
Vrs4 Be careful not to sin, speak in your hearts, and on your beds keep silence.
Vrs5 Loyally offer sacrifices, and trust in Yahweh.
Vrs6 Many keep saying, ‘Who will put happiness before our eyes?’ Let the light of your face shine on us. Yahweh,
Vrs7 to my heart you are a richer joy than all their corn and new wine.
Vrs8 In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep, for it is you and none other, Yahweh, who make me rest secure.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Matthew 5:13-16
Vrs13 ‘You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people’s feet.
Vrs14 ‘You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden.
Vrs15 No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.
Vrs16 In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.