First Reading: From the Book of First Kings 18:41-46
Vrs41 Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go back now, eat and drink; for I hear the approaching sound of rain.’
Vrs42 While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the ground, putting his face between his knees.
Vrs43 ‘Now go up’, he told his servant, ‘and look out to sea.’ He went up and looked. ‘There is nothing at all,’ he said. Seven times Elijah told him to go back.
Vrs44 The seventh time, the servant said, ‘Now there is a cloud, small as a man’s hand, rising from the sea.’ Elijah said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you.” ‘
Vrs45 And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
Vrs46 But the hand of Yahweh had come on Elijah and, hitching up his clothes, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 65:10, 10-11, 12-13
Vrs10 you water its furrows abundantly, level its ridges, soften it with showers and bless its shoots.
Vrs11 You crown the year with your generosity, richness seeps from your tracks,
Vrs12 the pastures of the desert grow moist, the hillsides are wrapped in joy,
Vrs13 the meadows are covered with flocks, the valleys clothed with wheat; they shout and sing for joy.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Matthew 5:20-26
Vrs20 ‘For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven.
Vrs21 ‘You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.
Vrs22 But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother “Fool” will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him “Traitor” will answer for it in hell fire.
Vrs23 So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
Vrs24 leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering.
Vrs25 Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
Vrs26 In truth I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.