Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 412
Reading 1 DT 6:4-13
Moses said to the people:

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!

Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your strength.

Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.

Drill them into your children.

Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.

Bind them at your wrist as a sign

and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.

Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
“When the LORD, your God, brings you into the land which he swore

to your fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

that he would give you,

a land with fine, large cities that you did not build,

with houses full of goods of all sorts that you did not garner,

with cisterns that you did not dig,

with vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant;

and when, therefore, you eat your fill,

take care not to forget the LORD,

who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.

The LORD, your God, shall you fear;

him shall you serve, and by his name shall you swear.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 47 AND 51
R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, O LORD, my strength,

O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

My God, my rock of refuge,

my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!

Praised be the LORD, I exclaim!

And I am safe from my enemies.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!

Extolled be God my savior!

You who gave great victories to your king,

and showed kindness to your anointed,

to David and his posterity forever.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

Alleluia SEE 2 TM 1:10
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death

and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 17:14-20
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,

“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;

often he falls into fire, and often into water.

I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

Jesus said in reply,

“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?

How long will I endure you? 

Bring the boy here to me.”

Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,

and from that hour the boy was cured.

Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,

“Why could we not drive it out?”

He said to them, “Because of your little faith.

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,

you will say to this mountain,

‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.

Nothing will be impossible for you.”

“Why could we not expel it?” –Matthew 17:19
Jesus makes us the amazing promise: “I assure you, if you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible for you” (Mt 17:20). We can do the impossible through faith (Mt 17:20). We can express our faith in many ways, but the way on which Jesus focuses is prayer and fasting (Mt 17:21). Pope St. John Paul II prophesied that this way of expressing our faith is of special significance in our culture of death. He revealed: “Prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil” (The Gospel of Life, 100).
To replace this culture of death with a civilization of love and life, we need to do the impossible again and again. We need faith to move not only mountains but even mountain ranges. The Lord promises to give us that great faith, and He even tells us how to express this faith. Believe, pray, and fast. Be part of the Holy Spirit’s renewing the face of the earth (Ps 104:30).
PRAYER: Prayer: Father, by faith I will do whatever it takes.

PROMISE: Promise: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” –Dt 6:4-5

PRAISE: Praise: Left a widow at age twenty-eight with four children, St. Jane Frances put her trust in the Lord, managed an estate and, later in life, founded a religious order for women.


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