READING (Amos 7.10-17)
Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’”
And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
“Now therefore hear the word of the Lord. You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’ Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parcelled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm 19)
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple. R.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes. R.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. R.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. R.