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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Amos 9,11-15

On that Day, I shall rebuild the tottering hut of David, make good the gaps in it, restore its ruins and rebuild it as it was in the days of old, for them to be master of what is left of Edom and of all the nations once called mine -Yahweh declares, and he will perform it. The days are coming- declares Yahweh- when the ploughman will tread on the heels of the reaper, and the treader of grapes on the heels of the sower of seed, and the mountains will run with new wine and the hills all flow with it. I shall restore the fortunes of my people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, they will plant vineyards and drink their wine, they will lay out gardens and eat their produce. And I shall plant them in their own soil and they will never be uprooted again from the country which I have given them, declares Yahweh, your God.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Pride always leads us far from God: it leads us to lose memory of the mercy we received by the Lord and the need of salvation we all have. We too, disciples of Jesus are weak and become easily enslaved to sin if we forget the Word of God and the great love He has for us. The Lord has called us and freed us because he was moved by our slavery and he comes to our help and gives us a free and full life in his kingdom of peace. After having announced so many oracles against Israel, which had strayed from God, now the prophet Amos speaks words of comfort to the "remnant" of the people who remained faithful to the Lord. The house of David, which is the dream shared by all, is described as a "booth" which has fallen into ruin. But it is just when everything seems to be lost that the prophetic word comes to console: what is impossible for men and women is possible for God. The house of David will be rebuilt - Amos says encouragingly - and will rule over the nations. The earth will produce so abundantly that there will be no break between the time of planting and the time of reaping. The new wine and the fruits of the garden announce the messianic time. Through his people Israel, the Lord God intends to spread his mercy and salvation to all peoples. With the coming of Jesus, we too have been chosen to carry out this mission of universal salvation. We are called not to live for ourselves, but for God's dream that is the salvation of the human family.